elver

noun
el·​ver | \ˈel-vər \

Definition of elver 

: a young eel specifically : a small immature catadromous eel chiefly of fresh and brackish water

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One of the kingpins was a Maine dealer named Bill Sheldon, who years earlier had taught fellow fishermen how to catch the tiny translucent elvers swimming upstream by moonlight. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 2018 Court records show that Sheldon worked with a network of elver fishermen and dealers up and down the East Coast to smuggle eels to Asia. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 2018 The elver fishery is tightly regulated to deter poaching because of the high value of the baby fish. Washington Post, "Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales," 23 May 2018 Fishermen caught nearly 40,000 pounds of the eels between 2012 and 2013, which were years in which Maine elvers grew in value because foreign stocks dried up. Washington Post, "Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money," 20 May 2018 Federal investigators have also cracked down on elver poaching in recent years. Washington Post, "Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money," 20 May 2018 Fishermen seek the elvers in Maine because of the fish’s role as seed stock in Asian aquaculture. Washington Post, "Lucrative baby eel fishery shut down over illegal sales," 23 May 2018 Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant fishery for baby eels, or elvers. Fox News, "Fishermen of baby eels expect high price as stocks dry up," 11 Mar. 2018 The elver fishing season begins March 22 and ends June 7. Washington Post, "Fishermen of baby eels expect high price as stocks dry up," 11 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of elver

circa 1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elver

alteration of eelfare migration of eels

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