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    "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    It's all about the fish, dude.

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    Is there a way to grow fresh water eels? That sounds fun. Anyone have any ideas. That a shit load better than 7/lb for fish

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    we've got something i grew up thinking they were eels.. but are really sea lamprey, an invasive species in lake erie..
    i didn't know that there were freshwater eels in ohio..
    http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1092

    they do need salt water to reproduce.. maybe we can drain the lake into one of the salt mines under it

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bioritize
    Is there a way to grow fresh water eels? That sounds fun. Anyone have any ideas. That a shit load better than 7/lb for fish
    That's what I was thinking... for $2,000/pound I'll sleep on a cot next to the tank and sing to them if I have to.
    It's all about the fish, dude.

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    So, let's start an eel farm. Any takers?

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    possibly. I remember eels migrating up the rivers from the ocean as a kid in the Northwest.
    Let me kick this around a bit. I am not sure what kind those were, or if even the same kind of eel. But worth kicking around.
    At first I left this blank...but now I believe: "It's better to keep your mouth closed, and have the world think your a fool, than open it and confirm it."

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    I believe the ones in the article are American eel, Anguilla rostrata. The price quoted was for "fingerlings" and the price for adult fish would be $3000 / pound. Seems unreal to me.

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    That seems like one of those "too good to be true" things. And I seem to remember that all eels have to return to salt water to mate and spawn. Sounds like a very complicated breeding situation in a manmade managed environment. And if they became available year round it would probably drop the bottom out of the price.
    My old man says when it's time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.
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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    One article said that the Japanese have figured out how to breed them successfully, but the price is still very high.

    There is a whole life cycle description here http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/p...el_low-res.pdf
    It's all about the fish, dude.

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    Re: "Eel market sizzles as prices hit $2k/lb in Maine"

    You can do this. Prawns have to go to salt/brackish water to breed in a very smilar way. You can simiulate this in a stand wave tank, and use the southern climate to simulate a longer growing season.
    Then, as they appear to tolerate crowding, grow out the same way they are doing the shrimp just outside Vegas. Sure if you're increasing supply, sooner or later the market will come down....so what if it drops a few hundred. It's thousands on the lb. Clearly rate of return is better than the channel or tilapia are. And even better than my prized $20/lbs live prawns.
    Let me do some more tinkering.
    Anyone know were I can get fingerlings?
    At first I left this blank...but now I believe: "It's better to keep your mouth closed, and have the world think your a fool, than open it and confirm it."

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