Silver eel biomass and non-fishing mortality (38845)

Project Details


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 aimed at providing solid estimates of mortality and biomass. This was 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) was 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 had to pass 3 fish farms to reach the sea. The results revealed massive loss and delay of silver eels at fish farms.

This project was coordinated by DTU Aqua and funded by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Research area: Freshwater Fisheries and Ecology
Effective start/end date01/01/201131/12/2012


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