The eeliad project has been running for six months now. In many ways, the project is like an eel- we’re just quietly getting on with our business with no fanfares or trumpet choruses. This is pretty similar to a lot of the projects I have worked on…the start-up phase is generally quiet as we find our bearings, make sure we’re going in the right direction, and then start down the road to our goals.
I have the feeling that things are about to get a little bit busier though, because the fieldwork season is now upon us and we have two months of hard work ahead during the escapement season. It’s not just about tagging eels with fancy satellite tags…we’ll be doing a lot of sampling work to assess the quality of escaping eels to put the migratory success of different populations into context.
As soon as our work in the escapement season is done and we’re starting to digest the data we’ll have collected, we’ll be busy with the arrival of glass eels, and the fruits of our labours with genetics and otolith analysis will be starting to show. It’s going to be a really exciting time!