Interstate regulators say the fishing quota for Maine’s expensive baby eels could change in 2018.

Fishermen are allowed to catch about 9,700 pounds of the eels, which are also called elvers, every year. The elvers are shipped to Asian aquaculture companies to be raised to maturity and used as food.

The fishing season comes in the spring and is closely monitored by state authorities.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will re-evaluate the quota before the 2018 fishing season. An arm of the commission will review the stock later this year before any decisions are made.

Maine is the only state with a significant elver fishery. The elvers were worth more than $2,000 per pound in 2015.

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