Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

Eels in the News: Daily Telegraph is latest to tell SEG story

SEG’s restocking initiatives on the Parrett and Severn continue apace – and the media coverage continues!

This morning’s Daily Telegraph has a big feature on the current abundance of elvers in the west country, and includes a leader column supporting our work.

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Since we announced on 30 March in the Independent on Sunday that we were aiming to smash last year’s record of relocating 1 million fish, we have caught and re-homed 2.05 million fish – all thanks to the great efforts and generosity of the elvermen and glass eel collectors.

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We’ve also had terrific support from other media including Farming Today, The Today Programme, The Guardian, Fish2Fork, BBC Points West, ITV Westcountry, Western Morning News, Western Daily Press and even a radio station in Russia!

See below for a full round-up of how our story has been told so far.

April 2014 501 With two big sets of tides left for this season, we’d like to again thank everyone who has helped us, and we’ll announce the final total of restocked fish in mid May.

Keep watching our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the details.

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30 March:

Independent on Sunday: The great eel migration: One million to swim to Britain in one night

31 March:

Radio 4 Farming Today: “A million eels

Fish2Fork: Fishermen aim to catch a million eel in a night

ITV Westcountry (7.30am): A million eels baby eels to be rescued from river tonight

ITV Westcountry (11am): 500,000 eels already rescued from River Parrett

Western Daily Press: Anglers give 500,000 Somerset elvers best start on trip to Sargasso Sea

ITV Westcountry Evening News at 18.20: report and live weather forecast: A million baby eels are moved upstream

1 April:

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme (7.15am): Live interview with SEG announcing tally of night’s fishing
(1hr 15 mins 35 secs into programme)

BBC Breakfast News (8:08am): Film of eel restocking. Radio interviews with BBC Wales and BBC Somerset.

ITV Westcountry Breakfast News: More than a million eels caught in Somerset

BBC Online: Elver migration in Somerset and Gloucestershire aided by fishermen

Belfast Telegraph: Fishermen net eels in rescue bid

Irish Independent: Fishermen net eels in rescue bid

2 April:

Western Morning News: Record ‘rescue’ haul as 1.2 million eels are netted by conservationists in one night

Western Daily Press: Somerset elvers get fighting chance as 1.2 million baby eels taken from River Parrett

FishonFriday: Making the eel sustainable

FishonFriday: The return of the elvers

3 April:

Interview with Voice of Russia radio

ITV Westcountry: New home for more than a million elvers

5 April:

Western Morning News: Two million wriggling baby eels released back into Somerset Levels

6 April:

The Guardian: The secret life of the slippery eel

19 April:

Gloucestershire Echo: NATURE: Why eels and elvers are back in our rivers and on our menus in Gloucestershire