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Baby eels, or elvers, are one of the most valuable fish in the world, worth about $2,000 a pound.

NOVA SCOTIA, Canada — Editor’s note: The attached video was originally published Sept. 10, 2023.

Five Mainers were recently arrested off the coast of Nova Scotia in Canada and accused of illegally fishing baby eels, one of the most valuable fish in the world.

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada department said on April 20 that fishery officers and a Nova Scotia conservation officer arrested the group and seized about 7.5 pounds of the baby eels, called elvers, a vehicle, three dip nets, and one fyke net from the group. The department did not identify the Mainers or say if they will face charges.

Canadian authorities last month said the country’s elver fishery will not open this year due to conservation and safety concerns. Elvers are worth about $2,000 a pound, hundreds of times the price of lobster.

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