Monitoring of glass eel recruitment to Danish inland waters (38263)

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The objectives are to collect data on the glass eel recruitment from the ocean to Danish inland waters, to be used in national and international advice on fisheries and stocks.

A decline in recruitment of glass eel to the Danish coast and elsewhere in Europe has been persistent through several decades. The yield in fisheries has also declined and the stock is considered by ICES to be outside safe biological limits. Several hypotheses have been proposed for the decline, but no unambiguous cause has been identified. Monitoring of the stock is traditionally a national task, though coordinated international monitoring is needed, especially to evaluate if any change in management have the intended effect on the size of recruitment.

In Denmark the monitoring is currently taking place at two hydropower stations where ascending eels are monitored in bypass traps, where personnel at the hydropower stations are doing the daily monitoring. The distance from the ocean to the hydropower dams are 5 and 35 km and the ascending eels do not directly reflect the annual size of the glass eel recruitment, but consist of several age groups (0-5 years).

Glass eels recruitment directly from the ocean is also quantified by electro fishing in four small brooks on the west coast of Denmark. Sections of each brook are electro fished three times a year allowing for calculation of numbers and fluctuations in the recruitment to the brooks. The monitoring data are used in the ICES stock assessment group on eel WGEEL.

Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
Effective start/end date01/01/196731/12/2013


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