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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...

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...


Latest European eel Reference Libraries

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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 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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2007-02-21 12:24:55

The European eel, Anguilla anguilla, is a snake-like fish that lives in fresh water and breeds in the sea. It can reach in exceptional cases a length of 4.92 ft (1.5 m), but is normally much smaller, about 2.3 ft (70 cm), and rarely more than 3.28 ft (1 m). They are generally believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea and the larvae (Leptocephalus) migrate towards Europe in a three-year-long migration. As glass eels they reach the coasts of Europe and enter estuaries. Before entering fresh water,...

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