The first UK International Eel Symposium

Katie Burnham and Jon Whitmore are attending the first UK International Eel Symposium today. Organised by the Zoological Society of London, the Institute of Fisheries Management and the Environment Agency, the symposium is the first of its kind to take place in the UK.

Katie will be presenting a poster on work that our staff have undertaken for the Environment Agency. It relates to the design of eel passage measures installed at several sites throughout the Anglian Region.

A threatened species

The European Eel is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The population of European Eel experienced a significant decline in recruitment in the 1980s. Along with additional environmental pressures they were effected by a species-specific parasite, poor historical water quality and riverine barriers to eel migration. The species remains under significant pressure.

The Eels (England and Wales) Regulations Statutory Instrument came into force in 2009 in response to European legislation. It aims to increase the number of adult eels leaving freshwater to go to spawn at sea.

Of note, the organisers are not producing hard copy delegate packs for the attendees. In the interests of minimising the use of natural resources and making the symposium as environmentally neutral as possible. They stated that 11,000 sheets of paper would be required for the packs if they did produce them.

Want to know more?

For more details on how we can help you comply with legislation relating to the protection of eels, including passage and screening measures, please email Jon Whitmore or call 01274 714269.

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