Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
TAC Members-Only Forum
If you have arrived here and not yet signed up as a member, then please first join at using your real name.

Forum Membership is with Real Names only.
Please create a Username that is your First Name and Surname eg. "Joe Bloggs"
(This will save our Admin team the need to contact you about changing it)

Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
HomeHome  TAC Home PageTAC Home Page  SearchSearch  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Display results as :
Rechercher Advanced Search
Latest topics
» Eel screens on Water Works intakes
Yesterday at 4:23 pm by Keith Collett

» Abbey river this Saturday (12/5/2012)
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Molesey Eel Monitoring Training ~ 29th April 2017
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:12 am by David Harvey

» Thames Water fined a record £20m for River Thames pollution
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:54 pm by Stephen Bond

» Crane Riverfly Training ~ May 6th 2017
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 am by Ed Randall

» TAC visit to Tideway Tunnel Exhibition in Parliament
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:32 am by John LeSurf

» "Citizen Crane" project - sampling dates
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:24 pm by Ed Randall

» Egham & Stains bankside enhancement followed by brewery trip
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:27 pm by Ed Randall

» SE Rivers Trust needs help on Hogsmill
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:23 pm by Ed Randall

» Crane volunteering opportunities
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:38 pm by Ed Randall

» Seal (with enormous fish) in Thames near Richmond Lock
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:34 am by Ed Randall

» [Petition] to eradicate size and catch limits for pike to be taken and culled
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:27 am by Ed Randall

» *Thames Tunnel (Tideway Tunnel)*
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:42 pm by Ed Randall

» reels for sale
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:51 am by JeffHowe

» A new address for 2017 ~
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:06 am by Admin

» New users - Registration issues
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:47 am by Ed Randall

» Shepperton river death - Van removed near Dockett Eddy Lane
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:54 am by Ed Randall

» EA Pollution incidents: 2015 evidence summary
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:04 am by David Harvey

» Ham & Petersham cleanup Saturday 19th Nov
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:01 pm by Ed Randall

Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:51 pm by Stephen Bond

» Citizen Crane Forum at ZSL - Mon 14th Nov 2016
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:36 am by Ed Randall

» fishing trolleys
Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:23 am by Harry Notley

» Draw off 2016
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:24 pm by Ed Randall

» Exciting new Smelt Project - call for volunteers!
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:22 pm by Ed Randall

» Garlic spam
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:51 pm by David Harvey

» Eel Trap Results 2016
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:31 pm by David Harvey

» Thames Tidefest 11 Sep 2016
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:50 am by Steve Crowder

» Check, Clean, Dry ...
Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:49 am by Neil Depledge

» Walton death prompts murder probe after man found to have suffered head injury
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:15 am by Paul Pittman

» wonted, any unwonted polar reels, cheap please, as I am a tight get
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:34 pm by Keith Collett

Angling Data View
River Levels
UK Map

Thames Tides

Share | 

 European eels caught in record numbers for third year running

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
David Harvey


Male Posts : 5341
Join date : 2010-01-21
Age : 102
Location : Surrey,

PostSubject: European eels caught in record numbers for third year running   Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:16 pm

Conservationists suggest the decline of the critically endangered species has been halted and perhaps reversed


Eels have been caught in record numbers for the third year running, leading conservationists to suggest their decline may have bottomed out.

European eels have suffered a massive slump over the last four decades and have been classified as critically endangered but there are now signs that the decline has been halted and perhaps reversed.

The flooding experienced across much of the UK because of a series of severe storms since Christmas could even benefit the species by washing juvenile eels over barriers – including flood defences and dams – that might otherwise prevent them from getting inland. In France, where the arrival of glass eels from across the Atlantic is regarded as a strong indicator of the numbers likely to reach the UK, catches have exceeded all expectations over the last few weeks.

Quotas in three of the main eel rivers in France have been met so rapidly that there are now forecasts that record numbers will reach the UK.

In 2013 the number of glass eels – the juvenile form that reaches the European coast after migrating across the Atlantic – seen arriving in the Severn and other UK rivers was the best for two decades but 2014 now promises to be even better.

Andrew Kerr, chairman of the Sustainable Eel Group, said the signs are that the decline in the numbers of glass eels reaching the coast of Europe may have "bottomed".

Quotas for the Adour River in south-west France were completed within 11 days of the season starting in November, compared to three months in 2012.

The Gironde's season opened on 15 November and the 3.7-tonne quota was filled in eight days compared to six weeks in 2012 and three months in 2011.

It had been hoped that fishing in the Loire, which has a bigger quota, would confirm the early hopes of a third bumper year in succession but fishermen have decided to delay their season because of a slump in the market price.

However, the Arzal estuary, which is further north, has since completed its half-tonne quota in just a few days, and there have been reports that illegal fishing has been widespread in France, further indicating that glass eels are present in large numbers. The French authorities have been using night vision and helicopters in their attempts to tackle illegal fishing and the illicit trade in glass eels.

In the UK the large number of juvenile eels arriving earlier this year has meant record restocking could take place.

More than 1 million young eels were released into UK waterways last year, more than ever before. About three-quarters of the juvenile eels were released almost immediately further upstream, having been carried past barriers blocking their passage inland. The remaining quarter were kept in captivity to grow bigger before being released.

In recent weeks there have been large releases in several locations including Blagdon Lake in the Mendips, the River Teme in Shropshire and Llangorse Lake in Wales.
Back to top Go down
Steve Holmes

Posts : 2435
Join date : 2010-01-28

PostSubject: Re: European eels caught in record numbers for third year running   Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:20 am

That's great news   

Back to top Go down
Paul Snell

Male Posts : 434
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Egham

PostSubject: Re: European eels caught in record numbers for third year running   Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:17 pm

Any idea why the season for glass eels in France doesn't begin until November, but or elver trapping only takes place from late spring to early Aumtun?
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content

PostSubject: Re: European eels caught in record numbers for third year running   

Back to top Go down
European eels caught in record numbers for third year running
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
» Record numbers for Bay Sheffield
» Farah smashes European 10000m record in Oregon
» European Certificate of Conformity?
» Trent Pike Record

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum :: Open Section :: Conservation Issues :: Eel Monitoring-
Jump to: