contact us

22 Victoria Road
Derry~Londonderry
Northern Ireland
BT47 2AB

Tel: +44 (0) 28 7134 2100
Email: general@loughs-agency.org

Dundalk Street,
Carlingford,
Co Louth,
Rep. of Ireland

Tel: +353 (0) 42 938 3888
Email: carlingford@loughs-agency.org

what are you searching for?

European Eel

Anguilla anguilla
European Eel, being measured by conservation team
gold

The European Eel is catadromous meaning that it feeds in the river and migrates to sea to breed. This is the opposite from Atlantic salmon
Conservation Status

Listed as not evaluated by the IUCN. European regulation (Council Regulation 1100/2007) Establishing Measures for the Recovery of Stocks of European Eel were introduced in 2007.
Description

The EuroDescriptionpean Eel is catadromous meaning that it feeds in the river and migrates to sea to breed. This is the opposite from Atlantic salmon
Life Cycle

The European eel spawns in the Sargasso Sea in the subtropical north-western Atlantic Ocean. Their larvae, leptocephali, are transported by the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic current systems to Europe. Despite being an individualistic species, large groups of elvers and young eels can be observed from time to time in estuaries and rivers. An elver is a small cylindrical young eel, more advanced in development than a leptocephalus larva but less developed than an adult eel. Elvers then mature in rivers to become yellow eels and can be resident in a river for many years before becoming a silver eel at which stage they migrate back to sea for spawning.

Distribution

International

Atlantic Ocean: Atlantic coast from Scandinavia to Morocco and rivers of North Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean seas. Continuous introductions to Asia and South and Central America, but not reproducing. Spawning area in western Atlantic (Sargasso Sea). Also distributed along the coast of Europe from the Black Sea to the White Sea.

Foyle and Carlingford Areas

The European Eel is widely distributed throughout the Foyle and Carlingford including the tidal rivers and estuaries.

The European Eel is widely distributed throughout the Foyle and Carlingford including the tidal rivers and estuaries.