Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

Assisted Eel Migration on the River Brue

Eels in container prior to release into the River Brue – video credit Anna Redwood

 

On the 29th April, glass eels were released at appropriate stocking density into the River Brue, a 31 mile long river that ends in the Bristol Channel. This restocking is just one part of a larger eel rewilding programme across the UK – where some 2 million eels have been released so far.
The assisted migration allows eels to complete their journey inland – that would otherwise be blocked by man-made barriers downstream. The eels released will go on to fulfil their essential ecosystem roles in the surrounding area – before travelling back to the Sargasso Sea in a decade or so.

 

Eels released into the River Brue – video credit Anna Redwood




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