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Learn about the extraordinary American Eel!

It’s a lizard, It’s a snake, It’s one of the most unique fishes in the world: the¬†American Eel!

Known for their elongated bodies and short fins, these fish which were once very common in North American waterbodies, are now endangered. This is largely due to the presence of hydroelectric dams, which block their natural migration routes, making them unable to reach their breeding grounds in the ocean.

Learn more about their impressive migrations, extraordinary life cycle, and current conservation efforts through this short video.

EBR-013-1476 – Draft Government Response Statement for the Recovery of the American Eel

The American Eel Needs Your Help!  You have an opportunity to support the recovery of a species that has declined by 99% of its original population, has been completely extirpated from extensive areas of its native Ontario range, and is in steep decline where it still exists.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has prepared a Draft Government Response Station for the Recovery of the American Eel in Ontario, and you have until January 11th to sign the Petition below.  More information can be found here.  To add your own comments just click on the letter and type.  Thank you for your help! Continue reading

The Demise of American Eel….


The Demise of American Eel in the Upper St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Ottawa River and Associated Watersheds: Implications of Regional Cumulative Effects in Ontario

Abstract.‚ÄĒAmerican Eel mortality has increased substantially over the¬†past century due largely to significant cumulative effects of fishing¬†and fish passage through hydro-electric turbines across their range. ¬†Nowhere has this been more pronounced than in waters of the St.¬†Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Ottawa River and associated watersheds.¬†We illustrate this by examining the cumulative effects of hydroelectric¬†facilities on eels migrating downstream through the Mississippi¬†River and Ottawa River, and outline further impacts eels encounter en¬†route to spawn in the Sargasso Sea. The probability of a mature female¬†eel surviving its emigration through the Mississippi and Ottawa River to¬†the upper St. Lawrence River is estimated to be as low as 2.8% due to¬†turbine mortalities alone (2.8‚Äď40%). Mortality risk increases as the eel¬†attempts to run the gauntlet of fisheries in the lower St. Lawrence River¬†and the probability of out-migration survival is estimated to be as low¬†as 1.4%. Some mortalities could be mitigated through improved application¬†of existing laws, development of policy requiring consideration¬†of cumulative effects and¬†improved integration among program areas¬†responsible for sustainable management of fisheries, biodiversity,¬†dams and hydro-electric facilities. We recommend changes to policy,¬†procedures and internal organizational structures provided with clear¬†directions, and call for increased accommodation of Aboriginal perspectives.

MacGregor, R., T. Haxton, L. Greig, J. M. Casselman, J. M. Dettmers, W. A. Allen, D. G. Oliver, and L. McDermott. 2015. The demise of American Eel in the upper St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Ottawa River and associated watersheds: implications of regional cumulative effects in Ontario. Pages 149‚Äď188 in N. Fisher, P. LeBlanc, C. A. Rose, and B. Sadler, editors. Managing the impacts of human activities on fish habitat: the governance, practices, and science. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 78, Bethesda, Maryland.

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