The Natural History of the American Eel on Cape Cod

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The Natural History of the American Eel on Cape Cod

Research at the Reserve Coffee House Series

BradChaseThe American eel has a remarkable life history that is unlike any fish species in North America. They are born in the Sargasso Sea and travel great distances to colonize coastal rivers from Brazil to Greenland. Formerly of high cultural importance in Massachusetts due to their fine taste and availability for sustenance harvest, their populations have declined to historical lows in recent decades. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries participates in local, state and interstate management and restoration processes for American eel. This presentation includes restoration and monitoring efforts at nearby Cape Cod coastal rivers.

Brad Chase, Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist Massachusetts River Herring Network

 

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