Nature Episode, The Mystery of Eels.
Maine is authorized licenses for up to 744 fisherman and 1242 pieces of gear. Most of the licenses go to prior year license holders, a lottery is held for the few new licenses available from those who choose not to renew their license (or are banned from renewal.) This year only four new licenses were issued by the state.
Maine planned to issue a total of 696 licenses, either itself or through the four sovereign nations. However one tribe, the Passamaquoddy, opted to issue more licenses and cap their total harvest instead. Resolution of that issue is far beyond my pay grade, but one thing is for sure: there are a lot more nets out on the water. Where last year there was perhaps one fyke net at the Bangor waterfront, this year there are nine, on the Bangor side alone, and more on the Brewer side.
|One crew is finishing up, while a nearby net awaits a lower tide|
These don't look like prime locations. Still at $1600 a pound, even 1/4 pound is a good day's wages.
Sustainable? Hard to imagine.