National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Mørkhøj Bygade 19, DK-2860, Søborg

External Organisations

  • Wageningen IMARES, Netherlands
  • Leiden University, Netherlands
  • National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
  • Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, Norway
  • Ghent University, Belgium
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • National Institute for Agronomic Research, France
  • Billund Aquaculture Service Aps, Denmark
  • National Institute of Sciences and Technologies of the Sea, Tunisia
  • Institute of Marine Research, Norway
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • BioMar A/S, Denmark

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PRO-EEL is an international EU-funded project that aims at breeding European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in captivity. Reproduction of eel in culture has become a focus research area due a severe decline of natural stocks and an increasing interest to breed eels for a self-sustained aquaculture.

The objective of the project is to expand the current knowledge on the eel reproduction and develop standardized protocols for production of high quality gametes (egg and sperm), viable embryos and feeding larvae of European eel. Methodology and technology will be established using small scale tests and validated in full scale experimental facilities managed by DTU. Focus is on the primary bottlenecks in a controlled reproduction of eels, which concern deficiencies in knowledge about eel reproductive physiology and methods applied to induce and finalize gamete development. New tools are needed for production of viable eggs and larvae from broodstock in a regular and predictable way. Further challenges include identification of suitable larval rearing conditions and initial feed in order to establish feeding cultures of European eel larvae.

The project approach is highly integrative and multidisciplinary. The consortium brings together leading experts in eel reproduction complemented by excellence in disciplines filling gaps in knowledge and technology. The consortium includes 15 partners, comprising European research institutes and industry partners as well as an international collaboration partner country (ICPC).

The project is coordinated by DTU Aqua.


  • Research areas: Marine Populations and Ecosystem Dynamics & Individual Biology
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