Maine Marine Patrol Arrest Canadian Man with $61,000 Worth of Baby Eels
In what is being called the largest illegal eel possession in the history of Maine, Maine’s Marine Patrol arrest 41 year old Phillip Parker of Canada, seizing $61,000 worth of baby eels. The baby eels are known as elvers and fisherman need a license to harvest them but Parker did not have a license when he was caught with 41 pounds of eels. The value of elvers is at $2,000 a pound and as many as 20 fines have been handed out since the season began two weeks ago. Authorities expect the illegal activity to pick-up as the weather warms, but Parker’s case is off the charts. With the prices set so high this year for the baby eels, poachers are expected to out in full force.