The Mayor

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to Eel Town!

I research American eel (Anguilla rostrata) conservation for the Environmental Science & Policy department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. You can read about my research here, my recent activities here, and my publications here. I am also the owner of Journal Editors of America LLC, where we help researchers publish in high-impact academic journals and textbooks.

In Spring 2017 I started a Facebook group dedicated to the American eel. My goal was to build a community for eel enthusiasts that would feature things like eels in the news, research publications, conservation management, fishing,  upcoming events, etc. I soon found that there was a need to connect eel researchers from around the globe and that many eel enthusiasts are not on social media, so the idea for was born.

The name (and sign) “Eel Town” comes from a nickname for the town of Brunswick, Maryland, where American Indians historically fished for eels. It’s also a great place to visit, if you’re in my area.

This project would have been impossible without the efforts of dedicated people from around the world, so thank you to everyone who helped with this, especially my good friends at the Institute of Fisheries Management for encouraging me to build this site.

I invite you to contribute in any of the following manners:

1) Register. Everyone is welcome to sign up and write comments on any of the posts on this site.

2) Create posts. Post articles, photos, writings, research, events or questions about eels. To find current events about eels I usually use Google NewsLexis-NexisWeb of Science or search recent activity on Facebook or YouTube. Please run a thread search (available on the right panel of the Community forum) first and make sure the content has not already been submitted. We have a hashtag system to organize posts, please make sure you use the existing tag format, as shown in the hashtag cloud located in the lower right panel of the posting page.  See the Posting Tutorial for more information.

3) Become a moderator. You can help keep the site running smoothly by reviewing posts to make sure hashtags and previews are working properly, help answer questions from new members, remove duplicate posts, etc.

This site is free and always will be. It’s also free of ads of any kind.  It does take time, money and effort to build and maintain a site like this. If you’d like to contribute financially, please contact me at or (703) 346-0454. This is not required, but any support will be much appreciated.

I hope you enjoy your time here and find something interesting. If you have any questions or suggestions on how to improve this site, please either post a new thread or contact me. Thank you for visiting!



Nick J Walker

Nick Walker

“The Mayor of Eel Town”