Well, here I am in Ireland in time to see the first satellite tagged eels released. It’s been a huge effort from the capture and tagging teams and a job done really really well. So congratulations to them!
It is amazing to see these big silver eels ready to head out to the unknown, and even more amazing to see them be tagged (think ‘eel hospital’). They’re all in good health, so good luck to them. We’ll be checking the satellites every minute from now on!
The PSAT tagged eels are accompanied by some archival tagged eels too, so with a bit of luck we might get some recoveries of those tags for some high-resolution data. The tagging team travel to France for another release at the end of the week, before returning to Ireland for another round of tagging in December.