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NH Man Summonsed for Illegal Elver Fishing in Maine
04/08/2013 10:38 AM ET  

Maine Marine Patrol officials say Phillip Parker, 41, was apprehended in Newport, Maine, after an investigation determined that he intended to sell 41 pounds of elvers caught illegally.

A New Hampshire man has been summonsed in what Maine authorities say is the largest case of illegal possession of elvers in the history of the fishery.

Maine Marine Patrol officials say Phillip Parker, 41, of Candia, New Hampshire, was apprehended in Newport after an investigation determined that he intended to sell 41 pounds of elvers caught in Maine without a license.

The elvers were confiscated and sold, and Maine Marine Patrol officials say they plan to hold the money pending the outcome of the case. Parker's vehicle, and equipment for storing and transporting live elvers, were also seized.

Parker is scheduled to appear in Newport District Court on May 29. He faces a fine of up to $2,000. But Maine officials say, with the eels selling for upwards of $2,000 a pound, the fine is not a sufficient deterrent.

Maine lawmakers are currently considering a measure to stiffen penalties for illegal elver fishing. Maine and South Carolina are the only two states that allow fishing for the eels.


 

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