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Lottery to Allow 16 New Entrants into Maine’s Lucrative Elver Fishery

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The Department of Marine Resources will hold a lottery, starting at 10am today, Feb. 8 through 4:30pm March 4. The lottery will be available providing lottery winners the chance to apply for a license prior to the upcoming season, which starts March 22.

The lottery, authorized by the legislature in 2017, is available to Maine residents who are at least 15 years of age by the start of the 2024 season, and who are eligible to purchase an elver license in 2024 because they have not had their right to obtain an elver license suspended.

At the time the lottery was established, the legislature also set a cap of 425 state-issued licenses. The sixteen available licenses are the result of licenses that were not renewed in 2022 and 2023.

Each new license holder will receive a minimum of four pounds of quota, which is made available from individual quota associated with licenses that were not renewed.

Individuals can enter the lottery online at HERE.

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