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The EU-plan for restoring the European eel population, requires for each MS to issue a national Management Plan and report status of the eel population to the EU Commission in 2012 (and 2015, 2018). Among other things, the report must include estimates of the total production of silver eels (from freshwater), the magnitude of non-fisheries mortality and the reduction of this due to management measures.

This project aims at providing such estimates. This will be done by trapping silver eels in a number of representative river-systems and extrapolate the results to a national level. The mortality in association with hydropower passage has already been measured (and published), but the mortality of silver eels migrating pass fish farms (with weirs) will be measured using radio-telemetry. Sixty migrating silver eels will be radio tagged (surgical implants) and followed on their way downstream in the river Kongeå, where they must pass 3 fish farms.


  • Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
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