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The Environment Agency is patrolling the River Severn to watch out for elver poachers.
They're using boats with special imaging equipment so they can see in the dark. Other officers patrol the banks.
The baby eels are a delicacy in the Far East and can command a high price, but fishing is strictly controlled. Anyone doing it without a permit can be prosecuted.
Bill Burleigh is an Environment Agency Fisheries Officer:
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Elver fishermen say that the cold weather has delayed the start of the annual migration of baby eels up the River Severn.