Maine fishermen are turning to a new slimy cash crop that is in high demand in Asia and is second only to lobster as the state's chief seafood, according to NECN.

The New England News Network reported that elvers represent a $35 million industry in Maine and the the Delaware Valley Fish Company processes half of the state's catch inside a warehouse on the Portland waterfront. The current price for elvers is between $900 to $1,000 per pound after peaking at $2,400 per pound in 2012.

In Asia, elvers are viewed as a delicacy where they are farm raised and then cooked in a variety of ways. At first glance, elvers appear better suited as bait for small mouth bass and trout rather than human consumption.

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