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The opening day for eel fishing in Maine was March 22 and fisherman have high expectations for this upcoming season. There has been a worldwide shortage of the baby American eels, leading many to believe prices could skyrocket to $2,000 a pound, up from $831 a year ago. This mysterious fish is not common in the U.S. and is sold primarily to international markets across Europe, China, and Japan.
Susan Hand Shetterly details the incredible voyage of this fish, and its relationship to Maine in an article for the March issue of Down East magazine. Read "The Incredible Edible Eel."