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Conn. governor vetoes bill allowing eel fishing

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill Friday that would have opened Connecticut waters to the multimillion-dollar eel industry, saying it would be premature because federal officials are reviewing whether the American eel is a threatened species. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill in the final minutes of this year’s legislative session, which ended May 7. The proposal would have eliminated the state’s ban and $250 fine on the taking of glass eels and elvers, or baby eels, in state waters. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the American eel is a threatened species.

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