I haven’t updated the site in a while- things have been super-busy with fieldwork and following up. This year’s tagging has been a great success in Ireland, Sweden and Spain (thanks to all involved). There were many highlights, from perching in the middle of the Corrib river being interviewed for the Discovery Channel, meeting Japanese eel expert Katsumi Tsukamoto to talk about our respective work programmes, the quality of the facilities in every location. Most of all though, meeting up to work again with friends and colleagues- it never gets tiring.
The eel quality sampling programme has also been underway and is almost complete. This has been a fantastic team effort across Europe, and although the results will take a little while to emerge, the scale and quality of the sampling work is a great achievement and a testament to the commitment of all involved.
Meanwhile, in labs in Denmark, Sweden and France, we’re inching closer to understanding population structure through the analysis of genetic and otolith signatures of glass and adult eels. These techniques are complicated at the best of times, but the eel life-cycle makes it more challenging than most species.