A total of 84,791 Alcian blue marked eels, size range 15 - 33 cm, were released in a lake, a fjord and an open coastal area. Recaptures were made by fishermen up to 4 years following release. Recaptures were most successful at the freshwater lake where 12.6% were recaptured, 2.7% in the fjord and 0.2% at the open coast. Length increment was estimated to be between 2.5 and 6.5 cm annually. The sex ratio (female/male) of yellow eels increased in subsequent years of recaptures, possibly as a result of environmental sex determination following release. The use of Alcian blue for a long-term marking experiment, based on samplings by fishermen, are concluded to be questionable.
|Journal||Bulletin Francais de la Peche et de la Pisciculture|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|