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: Dams and Eel Population Decline

11-18-2004, 09:59 AM
Today's Boston Globe carries a good long story on the crashing population of American Eels and the effect of dam turbines on their mortality. Doug and Tim Watts, who post on this board and are heroes in work to get rivers undammed, are quoted in the story. Look here:

http://www.boston.com/news/science/...l_population /

11-25-2004, 09:37 AM
Thanks Broadbill, here is a link to the petition to list American eel as an endangered species http://www.glooskapandthefrog.org/ESA%20petition.htm

Here is some general info, kind of ugly stuff, http://www.glooskapandthefrog.org/eel%20challenge.htm

11-25-2004, 10:30 AM
Stark, revealing - I read for hours Tim. Count me in on this fight, it's an abberation. :mad:

01-20-2005, 06:51 PM
I just read through this. It's sad people can be so ignorant, but in a country where money rules king, so do the coorporations and induviduals that harness it. On a slightly better note, at least people care enough to put up a petition like this. While I myself cannot do much, I emailed this to everyone I know. I'm also going to try and send this to any fishing store owners and possibly helpful oragnizations. We need all the help we can get on this issue! I hope the little I can do makes some difference.

01-21-2005, 08:22 AM
It is sad indeed. The population in Lake Ontario which makes the migration from the Sargasso Sea up the St Lawrence over a period of years is all but extinct, there has been an almost complete recruitment failure. Absurdly, the eel fisheries continues to take these eels in the St. Lawrence. It is sad to see what has happened to so many fish populations over the past 20 years.

01-21-2005, 09:02 AM
Just finished reading a very interesting book on eels: Consider the Eel, by Richard Schweid. Absoutely fascinating and I recommend highly. The Japanese consume 191 million pounds of eel annually. Europeans, 55 million pounds. BTW, I have a Canadian friend who lives on the St Lawrence who fishes the river commercially. He gave up fishing eels nearly 10 years ago.

01-21-2005, 10:38 AM
There was a commercial eel farm down on the North or South River back in the late 70's. I think it was in Hanover or Marshfeild? They had large holding tanks and pumped river water through the tanks. If I remember right the market was Italy at that time not Japan. Anyone know if this farm still exists? It looked like a slick operation but not sure if it had an impact on the population of eels on the river system.

What a wonderful creature the N. American eel is.

01-22-2005, 10:59 PM
I'd be curious to learn what the domestic consumption of eels is with the popularity of live eels as bait in the atlantic and with the recent explosion of popularity of sushi, much of which is 'unagi' around the country. Bill, did the book include domestic figures by any chance? Also, since the Sargasso sea in in the Atlantic, are the eels consumed in pacific markets of another breed or do they swim through the Panama Canal? Fascinating stuff.