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Threatened European Eels Disappear In Deep Water On Their Way To The Sargasso Sea
2014-02-11 10:15:02

University of Southern Denmark When the threatened European eels cross the Atlantic Ocean to get to the Sargasso Sea to spawn, they swim in deep water. But this does not protect them from predators, researchers from the University of Southern Denmark report: Even in deep water the eels are hunted and eaten. The European eel is in decline, and all over the world biologists are struggling to map its mysterious life cycle in order to bring its numbers back up. One of the great puzzles is...

Ocean Currents Drive Eel Population Changes: Study
2013-12-29 08:18:16

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fluctuations in the European eel population – a long-time holiday delicacy – may be linked to changing ocean currents in the Atlantic, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. The European eel gives birth in the Sargasso Sea and the larvae drift towards the European coast 2700 miles away. There, in fresh water and along the coast, they grow and mature into adults, before returning to the Sargasso...

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2011-08-17 12:35:00

Scientists from the Smithsonian and partnering organizations have discovered a new eel that inhabits an undersea cave in the Pacific Ocean which they have dubbed a "living fossil". The U.S.-Palauan-Japanese team had to create a new taxonomic family to describe its relationship to other eels. The team say the eel's features suggest it has a long and independent evolutionary history stretching back 200 million years. The animal is brown and has very few of the anatomical characteristics of...

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2011-02-02 11:55:59

Greek philosopher Aristotle believed eels emerged spontaneously from mud. Although that has long since been disproven, the slippery fish has always had a mysterious reproduction system. Now, a team of Japanese researchers reportied in the British science magazine Nature Communications on Tuesday that they found 31 eel eggs near the West Mariana Ridge in the Pacific Ocean near Guam, for the first time ever, shedding light on the mystery surrounding the spawning habits of the fish. Experts...

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2009-07-16 15:59:26

Eel fishing will be banned in the Netherlands for several months a year in a move to help protect the fish from extinction, the Dutch government said on Thursday. The measure would go into effect this year with a two-month ban beginning October 1.  From 2010 and beyond, a three-month prohibition would be in effect beginning in September.  The government said it will review the approach in 2012 to assess its overall effectiveness in protecting the eels, a delicacy in the...

2007-01-23 00:00:12

By David Dishneau HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Potomac River is being readied for a starring role in the restoration of the American eel to Eastern U.S. waterways. By the end of this year, fishery biologists hope to complete passageways for upstream eel migration around two dams owned by the National Park Service. The proposed eelways would open up 120 miles of "the nation's river" as habitat for eels, which once accounted for a quarter of all aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,...

2006-02-22 13:17:26

LONDON (Reuters) - East is East and West is West and never the twain will meet -- at least as far as the world's freshwater eels are concerned. It has long been established that the freshwater eels of the United States and Europe originate in the Sargasso Sea off Bermuda. But the origin of their eastern cousins, the Japanese freshwater eels, has remained a mystery -- until now. Writing in the science journal Nature, researchers from Tokyo University's Ocean Research Institute say...

2005-10-06 07:40:58

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU fishermen may have to stop catching eels for six months each year to prevent the species disappearing from European waters after a drastic stock decline over the past 20 years, the EU executive said on Thursday. In June, for the first time, scientists called for a Europe-wide ban on fishing for eels, a species at serious risk of extinction in Europe. Eel numbers have sunk to the lowest since 1980 and could take two decades to rise again, they said. Now, the...

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2004-12-25 08:24:36

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) -- It is one of the creepier creatures on Earth - a squirming, snakelike fish bound for no real glory beyond its role in sushi or as bait dangling from a fisherman's hook. But it is largely for that reason - not despite it - that Tim Watts is taking a stand to protect the American eel, a species he says is in dangerous decline. "The eel is one of those species that seems to fall through the cracks because it isn't so pretty," Watts said. "They don't have a voice. They don't...


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2007-04-05 00:06:12

The Common conger, Conger verreauxi, is a conger of the family Congridae, found in the eastern Indian Ocean and south west Pacific Ocean, including southern Australia and New Zealand, at depths down to 328.08 ft (100 m) in broken rocky reef areas. Length is up to 6.56 ft (2 m) and weight may be up to 110.23 lb (50 kg). The common conger is similar to the common freshwater eels, but with larger eyes and a dorsal fin which originates further forward, above the hind tip of the pectoral fin....

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2007-02-21 15:11:58

The American eel, Anguilla rostrata, is a catadromous fish found on the eastern coast of North America. It has a snake-like body with a small sharp pointed head. It is brown on top and a tan-yellow color on the bottom. It has sharp pointed teeth but no pelvic fins. The female American eel spawns in salt water, and it takes 9 to 10 weeks for the eggs to hatch. After hatching, young eels move toward North America and enter freshwater systems to mature. The female can lay up to 4 million...

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2007-02-21 15:10:33

The speckled longfin eel or Australian longfin eel, Anguilla reinhardtii, is one of 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. A native of New Guinea, eastern Australia, including Tasmania, Lord Howe Island, and New Caledonia, specimens have recently been found in New Zealand. This was confirmed in 1997 using vertebral counts and DNA markers from eels caught in the Waikato River. Although this confirmation is recent, anecdotal evidence suggests reinhardtii may have been in New Zealand for...

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2007-02-21 12:35:41

The marbled eel, also known as the giant mottled eel, is a species of eel that is found in the Indo-Pacific and African region. Distribution It can be found from East Africa to French Polynesia north to southern Japan. In Africa, the eel may be found within Mozambique and the lower Zambezi River. The marbled eel has the widest distribution out of all the other Anguilla eels. It is usually found in tropical climates between 24°N to 33°S. There are also other regions such as the...

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2007-02-21 12:29:50

The short-finned eel, Anguilla australis, is one of the 15 species of eel in the family Anguillidae. It is native to the lakes, dams and coastal rivers of south-eastern Australia, New Zealand, and much of the South Pacific, including New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, and Fiji. The body is long and snakelike, roughly tubular and the head is small, with the jaws reaching back to below the eye or further. The dorsal and anal fins are of roughly equal length. The color...

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