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WGEEL latest report is up!
From the UK, one of the best eel videos I’ve ever seen. They are rescuing eels from a dewatered reservoir, the fish will be rehomed at the Worcester & Birmingham canal. (You may need a Facebook account to watch this video).
“Four centuries of human impacts to the lower Coonamessett River will be reversed as part of a massive effort to restore the river’s natural course and improve habitat for species that previously flourished in and around that winding body of water.”
American eel are among the species mentioned that will benefit from this project.
I like that this article makes the connection that dam removal will benefit BOTH nature and humans. Hope to see many more like this one!
An update today from the ASMFC. As was the case in 2012, American eel remains depleted.
From Ireland, a sad video of European eel unable to get past a dam and a worthless elver trap that very few fish can even use. H/T Paul Squire for bringing attention to this.
My favorite eel story of the week so far! Five-year-old Richie Garcia landed what may be the first ever American eel caught in the Chicago River. This is an excellent sign for the recovery of the river, which had fewer than ten fish species in the 1970s but has more than 70 today.
“A former ESB scientist, Dr William O’Connor, who now runs the European Eel Consultancy based in Limerick said the elver run across Europe last year was the best since the 1980s and he accused ESB of being “caught off guard” by the dramatic turnaround in numbers returning to Irish rivers.
“This is a huge significant kill and a huge missed opportunity.”
Dr O’Connor said a new approach is needed towards eel conservation that will also restore the traditional eel fishing industry.”