STATUS: previously in development (2013-2014 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to series
DESCRIPTION: (from Animal Planet's press release, April 2013) Animal Planet has found its next big catch. This time, it's the not the size that matters. This new series follows teams of New England fishermen as they search for the elusive elver eel, a lucrative fish that is a delicacy across many Asian countries. The price of elver eels, once at $50 per pound, has skyrocketed to an unprecedented $2,600 per pound with the industry earning more than $40 million during the 2012 season. Elver eels, which look almost like cellophane noodles, may be tiny, but they can bring a potential windfall to those few lucky fishermen who can obtain an eel-fishing permit in Maine. Now, the second leading industry in Maine behind lobstering, EEL OF FORTUNE (wt) captures the outrageous adrenaline rush and sleepless nights of the eelers who have a "golden ticket" as they embark on their daily journey to capture as many elver eels as they can. But the competition to catch these slippery fish is fierce. With only 400 men and women able to obtain a license, the most passionate and determined fishermen must fight against one another for the hottest fishing spots.