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American Eel Landings

Americal Eel 1964-2011Otherwise 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.

Data is missing for some years. 2011 data is preliminary.

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 1.35 3,038 $9,113 $3.00
2011 1.83 4,045 $15,169 $3.75

Source: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/commercialfishing/documents/eel.table_000.pdf (accessed December 2, 2012)

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