American Glass Eels, Extension Scientists, and Volunteers in a River Rendezvous

American Glass Eels, Extension Scientists, and Volunteers in a River Rendezvous

Jul 21, 2014
American glass eel

Cooperative Extension’s Alyson Eberhardt leads a team of scientists and citizen volunteers in the annual counting of the number of American glass eels making their way from deep in the Sargasso Sea, 2,000 miles away in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, to New Hampshire’s freshwater rivers and lakes. The eel count is one activity of many that goes into balancing the health of the eel population and the interests of fishermen who, worldwide, consider eels an important and lucrative catch.

The efforts of Eberhardt and her team help New Hampshire Fish and Game meet a standard set by Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regulations that the American eel population be monitored in at least two sites in each state every year.

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