PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine’s eel fishing season started strongly last year when prices rocketed above $2,000 a pound. Such high prices are expected again when the 2013 season kicks off Friday. Eel dealer Mitchell Feigenbaum of Delaware Valley Fish Co. says there’s still strong worldwide demand for the Maine eels, known as elvers, which are shipped to Asia to be raised and sold to restaurants and retailers. He says prices will be higher if the catch is weak, but lower if the catch is strong. Marine Patrol Maj. Alan Talbot says he’s heard from dealers and fishermen that eels could go for $2,000 to $3,000 a pound, but it’s hard to know until the season starts. Elvers were worth $38 million to fishermen last year, making it Maine’s second-most-valuable fishery behind lobsters.