Spawning Migration of the European Eel

Reproduction Index, a Useful Tool for Conservation Management

  • Guido van den Thillart
  • Sylvie Dufour
  • J. Cliff Rankin

Part of the Fish & Fisheries Series book series (FIFI, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Guido van den Thillart, Sylvie Dufour
      Pages 3-9
  3. Silvering

    1. Caroline M. F. Durif, Vincent van Ginneken, Sylvie Dufour, Tamás Müller, Pierre Elie
      Pages 13-38
    2. Karine Rousseau, Salima Aroua, Monika Schmitz, Pierre Elie, Sylvie Dufour
      Pages 39-63
    3. Maarten C. M. Bruijs, Caroline M. F. Durif
      Pages 65-95
  4. Performance

    1. Philippe Sébert, Aurélie Vettier, Aline Amérand, Christine Moisan
      Pages 99-127
    2. G. van den Thillart, A. Palstra, V. van Ginneken
      Pages 179-199
    3. Csaba Székely, Arjan Palstra, Kálmán Molnár, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 201-226
  5. Maturation and Reproduction

    1. Arjan Palstra, Vincent van Ginneken, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 229-251
    2. Salima Aroua, Karine Rousseau, Monika Schmitz, Ching-Fong Chang, Sylvie Dufour
      Pages 253-278
    3. Finn-Arne Weltzien, Marie-Emilie Sébert, Bernadette Vidal, Catherine Pasqualini, Sylvie Dufour
      Pages 279-307
    4. Arjan Palstra, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 309-331
    5. Luz Pérez, David Peñaranda, Víctor Gallego, Juan Asturiano
      Pages 333-362
  6. Environmental Effects

    1. Vincent van Ginneken, Maarten Bruijs, Tinka Murk, Arjan Palstra, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 365-386
    2. Olga Haenen, Vincent van Ginneken, Marc Engelsma, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 387-400
    3. Gregory Maes, Marti Pujolar, Filip Volckaert
      Pages 401-432
    4. Eric Edeline, Sylvie Dufour, Pierre Elie
      Pages 433-461
  7. Synthesis

    1. Sylvie Dufour, Guido van den Thillart
      Pages 465-473
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 475-477

About this book


The European eel Anguilla anguilla is a common fish species in West European countries supporting several thousands of small-scale fisheries. In June 2007, it has been listed in Annex B of CITES after the 99% decline in recruitment observed over the last decades. A European Council Regulation was issued on September 2007 to arrest the collapse of the eel stock. In this book, we discuss the factors that may contribute to the collapse of the European eel population. With respect to conservation measures two important aspects have to be considered: quality and quantity of escaping silver eels. Clearly, a poor condition of the silver eels can never be compensated by large numbers. Qualitative parameters were thus far hardly available for management applications. The main goal of this book is to provide useful quality parameters for migrating silver eels, indicating their contribution to recruitment. The process of migration and maturation also provides information about the natural conditions for eel reproduction. Therefore, this book will also be very useful for eel aquaculture; it may provide tools for reproduction as well as for suppression of precocious maturation. An integrative approach regarding eel maturation requires a combination of ecology and physiology. In this book we included both aspects, and we hope that this will contribute to the restoration of the European eel population.


Aquaculture Ecology European Eel Osmoregulation Reproduction environment fisheries physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Guido van den Thillart
    • 1
  • Sylvie Dufour
    • 2
  • J. Cliff Rankin
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of BiologyLeiden UniversityRA LeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.UMR CNRS 5178 “Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems” 7 rue Cuvier, CP 32Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle DMPA75231 Paris cedex 05France
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biological ScienceUniversity of Huddersfield QueensgateUK

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