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European Eels in the Atlantic: Assessment of Their Decline

Objective

Eels play an important socioeconomic and ecological role in many European countries. Recruitment failure has contributed to a halving of catches from 40,000t in the last three decades to less than 20,000t today. The EU’s Eel Recovery Plan aims to maximize silver eel production and escapement to the sea to maintain the stock’s reproductive potential. However, very little is known about the contribution of eels of different European river systems to successful recruitment because almost nothing is known about the life of silver eels once they escape to the sea. We propose a research initiative to investigate the ecology and environmental dependencies of European eels during their spawning migration. Archival tags that detach from their eel hosts and communicate stored data via satellite will be used to determine migration routes, migration success and habitat preferences of different stock components. The information will be integrated with studies on eels in riverine and estuarine habitats, and leading edge biochemical techniques, to determine the most important eel habitats to conserve to enhance and conserve eel stocks in the UK and across Europe

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Coordinator

Food and Environment Research Agency
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 454 770
Administrative Contact
Susan Bramford (Ms.)

Participants (11)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 796 469
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ann Dolby (Ms.)
STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 267 282
Address
Hogskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stein Erik Aagaard (Mr.)
CENTRAL FISHERIES BOARD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 86 661
Address
Swords Business Campus Balheary Road
- Sworos
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Gargan (Dr.)
MARINE INSTITUTE
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 31 750
Address
Rinville Oranmore
H91 R673 Galway
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sean Connolly (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 49 559
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Edi Bertolotti (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 86 861
Address
Rue Pierre Gilles De Gennes 1
92761 Antony Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Françoise Daverat (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 60 264,40
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Ms.)
MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE
France
EU contribution
€ 150 538
Address
Rue Cuvier 57
75005 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Feunteun (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 197 475
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 123 324
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar Garcia-Ferrer (Ms.)
the Swedish Board of Fisheries

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 329 758,60
Address
Box 423
SE-401 26 Göteborg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Håkan Westerberg (Dr.)