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European Eels in the Atlantic: Assessment of Their Decline

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
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Coordinator

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Address

Area 1a, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
Sw1p 3jr London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 454 770

Administrative Contact

Susan Bramford (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 796 469

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 267 282

CENTRAL FISHERIES BOARD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 86 661

MARINE INSTITUTE

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 31 750

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

EU Contribution

€ 49 559

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 86 861

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 60 264,40

MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 150 538

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 197 475

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 324

the Swedish Board of Fisheries

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 329 758,60

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212133

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 109 817,94

  • EU contribution

    € 2 634 712

Coordinated by:

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

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