PERRY — Authorities in Maine say two people have been arrested and charged with illegally possessing baby eels after officials found them taking the fish from a stream.

Baby eels, or elvers, are valuable as seed stock for aquaculture companies. The fishery is tightly regulated and requires a license to participate in.

The Bangor Daily News reports that two people from Washington County were arrested last week for poaching the elvers from a stream in Cumberland.

A spokesman for the Maine Marine Patrol says 25-year-old Saucony Apt and 26-year-old Tabitha Carroll of Perry were charged with misdemeanor possession of elvers without a license.

It was unclear if the pair is represented by an attorney. Elvers are often worth more than $2,000 per pound to fishermen.

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