Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

Programme International Eel Science Symposium (13-15 June 2017)

Tuesday 13 June 2017
Session Chair: TBC Session 1 ‘Setting the Scene’
09:30 Andy Don Environment Agency (UK) Welcome from the Symposium Steering Group
09:40 Official Symposium Opening presented by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall
09:50 Aland Walker Cefas (UK) and Chair ICES Anguillid Section Challenges of management from a scientific perspective
10:20 Matthew Gollock Zoological Society of London (UK) and IUCN Anguillid conservation – the Global context
10:45 Hiromi Shiraishi TRAFFIC Japan (JAP) The illicit global trade in eels
Session Chair: Andrew Kerr, Sustainable Eel Group (UK) Session 2 ‘Species and Regions’
11:35 Tom Kwak North Carolina State University (USA) American eel Anguilla rostrata in the countries and territories of the Wider Carribean
11:55 Robert Schabetberger University of Salzburg (AUS) From the myth to reason – search for a spawning area of tropical eels in the western South Pacific
12:15 Kenzo Kaifu Chuo University (JAP) How science can contribute to conservation and sustainable use of Japanese eel?
12:35 Céline Hanzen University of KwaZulu Natal (S. Africa) Changes in historical distribution and genetic diversity of anguillid eels along the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
12:55 Peter Phillipsen Nature Network (NL) The Rhine Eel Roadmap
13:00 Markus Diekmann Dept. for Inland Fisheries (GER) On the actual recruitment of European eel in the River Ems, Germany
13:05 Nick Walker George Mason University (USA) Prioritizing Fish Habitat for American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Session Chair: Andy Don, Environmental Agency (UK) Session 3 ‘Species and Regions’
14:10 Willem Dekker SLU Aqua (SWE) Dynamics of the European eel stock: historical perspective
14:30 Emna Derouiche INSTM (TUN) How many downstream silver eel escaped from Ichkeul Lake (Northern Tunisia) A mark-recapture experiment
14:50 Alejandro Belen ZSL (Philippines) Developing an Eel Management Plan for the Philippines – Process and Challenges
 Session chair: Charles Crundwell, Environmental Agency
15:40 Pierre Sasal University of Perpignan (FRA) Research and conservation of the eels in the South Pacific region
16:00 Kazuki Yokouchi National Research Institute of Fisheries Science (JAP) Decadal monitoring of the Japanese eel demography in several model river systems in Japan
16:20 Mohamed Al Amouri Mohamed V University (MOR) Eel stock in Morocco
16:40 Hikaru Itakura Kobe University (JAP) Side fidelity, diel and seasonal activity of growth phase Japanese eel in the freshwater habitat inferred from acoustic telemetry
17:05 Jonah Tosney Norfolk Rivers Trust (UK) catchment-based approach to eel conservation on a small Norfolk river: The Glaven Eel Project
17:10 Pieterjan Verhelst Ghent University (BE) Emigration of European silver eel (Anguilla Anguilla) from a polder system in the Schelde estuary
17:15 Close of Day 1
 19:30 – 23:00  Drinks and Poster Reception  RSA Vaults, the Strand
Wednesday 14 June 2017
Session Chair: Paul Coulson, Institute of Fisheries Management (UK) Session 4 ’Marine Phase Studies (1)’
08:50 Paul Coulson Institute of Inland Fisheries (UK) Opening remarks from the Organising Comitee
08:55 David Righton Cefas (UK) Extreme swimming: eels on their oceanic spawning migration
09:25 Nobuto Fukuda National Research Institute of Fisheries Science (JAP) Oceanic migration of each developmental stage in the Japanese eel
09:45 Martin Castonguay Fisheries and Oceans Canada (CA) New observations of American eels migrating across the continental shelf into the Sargasso Sea
10:05 Elsa Amilhat University of Perpignan Silver Eel migration in the Mediterranean Sea
10:25 Håkan Wickström SLU Aqua (SWE) Growth in stocked eels – promising results from a full scale marking experiment in marine environment
10:45 Yoichi Miyake University of Tokyo (JAP) Recruitment mechanism of Anguilla japonica glass eels implied by 50-years catch and oceanographic data and model
Session Chair: Matt Gollock, Zoological Society of London(UK) Session 5 ‘Monitoring and stock management’
11:35 Caroline Durif Institute of Marine Research (NO) Depth, home range and migratory behaviour of European eels tracked in coastal marine waters
11:55 Nick Walker George Mason University
Stock assessment and prioritization of habitat and passage
of American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in the Chesapeake Bay
12:15 Derek Evans AFBI (UK) Statistical analysis of the eel population dynamics of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland
12:35 Kohma Arai University of Tokyo (JAP) A study on the natural distribution of the Japanese eel in the Tone River system, Japan
12:40 Priit Bernotas Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia) First results of using an enclosure fyke net system for estimating European eel abundance in a large and shallow lake
Session Chair: TBC Session 6 ‘Monitoring and stock management’ (Barrier Studies)
14:00 Jonathan Bolland Hull International Fisheries Institute (UK) Route choice, passage and survivability of eels at a lowland pumping station
14:20 Sarah Mount State University of New York (USA) The Development of a Non-Lethal Maturity Index for American Eels
14:40 Jeroen Van Wichelen Research Institute for Nature and Forest Agency (BE) Evaluation of adjusted tidal barrier management for European glass eel migration: upstream dispersal and feeding behaviour
15:00 Adam Piper ZSL and Environment Agency Response of seaward-migrating European eel (Anguilla anguilla) of manipulated flow fields
15:20 Paul Kemp Southampton University (UK) summary of passage/screening ecohydraulic studies carried out at flumes
Session Chair: TBC Session 7 ‘Monitoring and stock management’ (Restocking)
16:10 Thomas Pratt Fisheries and Oceans Canada (CA) Lessons from a large-scaled American eel conservation stocking experiment
16:30 Maidu Slim/Mehis Rohtla Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia) Can we distinguish stronthium chloride marked European eels by country from isotope signals?
16:50 Shingo Kimura University of Tokyo (JAP) Inhabitation of the European eel in the Japanese rivers
17:10 Bjoern Kullmann Hamburg University (GER) Mass-marking of farmed European eels Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758) with alizarinred S.
17:15 Billy Nzau Matondo University of Liege (BE) Long-term monitoring of European eels in the Belgian Meuse River basin. From the historical drastic decline to recent outcomes of restocking practises
17:20 Close of Day 2
19:00-22:45 Symposium Dinner on the River Thames
Andrew Kerr Sustainable Eel Group (UK) Working towards a sustainable future for the eel
Sophie Edwards Thames Water (UK) The Thames Water Eel Programme. Screening, science, challenges and opportunities
Karl Bousfield Hydrolux (UK/USA) Hydrolux Eel and Fish Screening Solution
Steve Colclough Institute of Inland Fisheries (UK) The history of eels in the Thames
Thursday 15 June 2017
Session Chair: Iain Turner, Institute of Fisheries Management (UK) Session 8
08:50 Paul Coulson Institute of Inland Fisheries Management (UK) Opening Remarks from the Organising Comitee
09:00 Olga Haenen Wageningen University (NL) The most important diseases of European eel in Europe in the last 30 years
09:30 Neil Lewin Environment Agency (UK) Silver Service: A Standard Protocol for Eel Health Examinations
09:50 Kuan-Mei Hsiung University of Tokyo (JAP) Effects of ENSO events and global warming on larval and juvenile duration and transport process of the Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica)
10:10 Maria Mateo IRSTEA (FRA) Assessing the impact of anthropogenic pressures on temperate eels using Genetics & Evolutionary ecology-based models for eels (GenEveel)
10:30 Kieran McCarthy University of Galway (IRE) Parasite assemblages of European eels in Irish freshwater, mixohaline and marine habitats
10:35 Ben Griffioen Wageningen Marine Research (NL) Silver eel migration in the river Meuse 2002-2015: mortality estimations and behavioural Patterns
10:40 Brittany Dixon University of New
Brunswick (Canada)
Near dam, spatio-temporal distribution of migrating American eel elvers and juvenile eels in the downstream reach of the Mactaquac Generating Station
 Session Chair: Alan Walker, Cefas (UK)  Session 9  ‘Threats’
 11:15 Tatsuki Yoshinaga Kitasato University (JAP)
CITES-listing and other social forces shrank the commercial utilization of the European eel in Japanese market between 2011 and 2016
11:35 David Buysse Research Institute of Nature and Forest (BE) Mortality of European eel after Downstream Migration through three types of pumping Station
11:55  Estibaliz Diaz  Marine Research. Itsas Ikerketa (SPA) European eel (Anguilla anguilla) under climate Change
12:15 Claude Belpaire Research Institute for Nature and Forest (BE) Standardisation of eel quality assessments and the effects of contaminants on the eel stock
 12:35  Florian Stein Sustainable Eel Group (UK) Combating the illegal trade in European eels
12:40 Rob Pilcher AECOM (UK) New guide and passage in the UK
 12:45 Hendrik Doerner  European Commission, Joint Research Centre  Feeding behaviour of anguillid eels
Session Chair: TBC Session 10
‘Aquaculture and Genetics’
13:50 Oliviero Mordenti University of Bologna (ITA) Captive Breeding of the European Eel. A review of the work in Italy
14:10 Anke Zernack Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Inc (NZ) PROJECT TUNA – Overcoming the hurdles to establish an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable shortfin eel aquaculture industry in New Zealand
14:30 Chryoula Gubili Helenic Agricultural Organisation (GRE) Panmixia in the tropics: lack of genetic structure in sympatric eels
14:50 Andrew Griffiths, Matthew Gollock University of Bristol, ZSL and IUCN Sushi barcoding in the UK: another kettle of fish
15:40-16:15 Facilitated by Matthew Gollock, Zoological Society of London (UK) Session 11 ‘Open discussion. The future’
15:40 Alan Walker Cefas (UK) and Chair ICES Anguillid Section Highlights and further work from the symposium
16:15 Symposium close
 16:45-19:30  Closing Drink reception  The Edinboro Castle Pub, Camden
Friday 16 June 2017
Sustainable Eel Group Annual meeting Fishmongers Hall