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American Eel Landings

Otherwise known as the Common Eel or Freshwater Eel, they range in size of up to 6 feet for females and up to 2 feet for males. Color is olive-green to brown on the back, with yellow-green on the sides and gray-white below. Adults leave freshwater for the ocean to spawn, changing color to black above and silver below.  Their offspring are known as elvers.

American Eel Landings 1964-2016

American Eel Landings 1964-2016

Data is missing for some years. Recent data is preliminary and subject to revision.

YEAR METRIC
TONS
POUNDS VALUE PRICE/LB
1964 10.38 22,884 $5,019 $0.22
1965 23.63 52,100 $11,462 $0.22
1966 22.09 48,700 $9,740 $0.20
1967 22.07 48,647 $9,439 $0.19
1968 29.72 65,520 $14,248 $0.22
1969 17.2 37,926 $7,964 $0.21
1970 17.06 37,600 $8,688 $0.23
1971 24.63 54,300 $15,204 $0.28
1972 31.85 70,210 $24,578 $0.35
1973 36.24 79,890 $29,555 $0.37
1974 36.07 79,524 $32,318 $0.41
1975 70.23 154,836 $82,380 $0.53
1976 86.65 191,025 $93,665 $0.49
1977 79.7 175,711 $262,596 $1.49
1978 60.5 133,388 $161,892 $1.21
1979 50.44 111,206 $89,214 $0.80
1980 47.84 105,463 $111,061 $1.05
1981 25 55,125 $45,308 $0.82
1982 20.43 45,051 $36,637 $0.81
1983 5.4 11,900 $8,925 $0.75
1984
1985 10.93 24,100 $18,228 $0.76
1986 7.58 16,703 $13,219 $0.79
1987 6.03 13,288 $13,700 $1.03
1988
1989 12.66 27,900 $29,247 $1.05
1990 30.01 66,164 $86,320 $1.30
1991 8.26 18,217 $27,331 $1.50
1992 13.91 30,672 $55,823 $1.82
1993 6.59 14,521 $28,022 $1.93
1994 29.09 64,135 $85,473 $1.33
1995 16.19 35,697 $70,006 $1.96
1996 21.65 47,720
1997 13.61 30,008
1998 9.38 20,671 $46,511 $2.25
1999 16.37 36,087
2000 6.51 14,349 $16,974 $1.18
2001 6.57 14,482 $29,238 $2.02
2002 5.96 13,133 $30,859 $2.35
2003 6.95 15,312 $41,042 $2.68
2004 15.8 34,841 $77,568 $2.23
2005 7.8 17,189 $47,463 $2.76
2006 8.45 18,619 $54,740 $2.94
2007 5.95 13,120 $46,577 $3.55
2008 5.67 12,496 $41,862 $3.35
2009 1.15 2,525 $7,575 $3.00
2010 1.38 3,038 $9,113 $3.00
2011 1.84 4,065 $13008 $3.20
2012 5.11 11,275 $36,078 $3.20
2013 3.03 6,691 $21,410 $3.20
2014 3.44 7,578 $24,251 $3.20
2015 1.88 4,142 $13,254 $3.20
2016 1.64 3,623 $11,592 $3.20

Source: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/eel.table_000.pdf (accessed January 25, 2018)



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