Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is pleased to announce the launch
of the online Elver License Lottery application, which is available to
residents of Maine. Available at www.maine.gov/elverlottery,
the system allows applicants to submit their name for a chance to win an
elver license. The online application was created by the Department of
Marine Resources, in partnership with the state’s digital government
portal provider, InforME.
Elvers have been making headlines for the past several years. The rising
market prices of these young eels have gained the attention of existing
commercial fisherman and anyone interested in applying for these coveted
The Department of Marine Resources last held a lottery for elver
licenses in 2013. The Legislature suspended any further lotteries after
that season because an overall state quota reduced the amount available
for every licensed harvester. But, the lottery was re-authorized during
the last legislature, providing opportunity for a handful of harvesters
to gain entry into the fishery.
The Department began accepting applications for available licenses via
lottery on Nov. 15, 2017; the winners of the licenses will be chosen in
January 2018. Each applicant has the ability to purchase up to five
entries into the lottery, with each entry costing $35.
“We are thrilled with the response to the lottery so far,” commented DMR
licensing director Cathy Fetterman. “Being able to offer an online
solution makes the submission process simple for applicants and
significantly cuts down on the amount of administrative staff time
needed to manage the lottery.”
DMR is also offering a kiosk in its main office in Augusta for
interested applicants who do not have internet access. The lottery is
available to Maine residents only, and all applicants must be at least
15 years of age by the start of the 2018 elver season, March 22, 2018.
For more information about this service or commercial fishing licenses,
contact the DMR License Division at 207-624-6550, Option 2.
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