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Glass eel recruitment, Anguilla anguilla (L.), in a Mediterranean lagoon assessed by a glass eel trap: factors explaining the catches

  • A. J. Crivelli
  • N. Auphan
  • P. Chauvelon
  • A. Sandoz
  • J. -Y. Menella
  • G. Poizat
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 200)

Abstract

Although the colonisation of coastal rivers on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast by glass eels, Anguilla anguilla, has been well studied and understood, the colonisation of lagoons by glass eels is much less known. For the first time in the Mediterranean region, the installation of a glass eel fish-pass in Grau de la Fourcade channels in the Rhône delta enabled us to determine which factors could explain the variations in the catches of glass eel entering the Vaccarès coastal lagoon system. Whatever be the procedure chosen, the results of the model were the same: the temperature, the cumulative water discharge from the channel in the 5 nights before the catch (freshwater lure) and time that the drainage pumps were working explained the glass eel catches in the fish-pass in the Grau de la Fourcade. The tide and the cumulative discharge from the channel for only 3 nights before the catch did not seem to have a significant role in explaining catches. These results show that it is important that the lagoons should continue to receive rainfall runoff from their watersheds so that their water levels are high in winter, and that there is a good colonisation by glass eels as a result of a freshwater lure effect, when strong north winds expel low salinity water to the sea.

Keywords

Glass eel trap Catches dynamics Environmental factors 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Crivelli
    • 1
  • N. Auphan
    • 2
  • P. Chauvelon
    • 1
  • A. Sandoz
    • 1
  • J. -Y. Menella
    • 2
  • G. Poizat
    • 1
  1. 1.Station Biologique de la Tour du ValatArlesFrance
  2. 2.MRM (Association Migrateurs Rhône-Méditerranée). Zone Industrielle du Port FluvialChemin des SégonnauxArlesFrance

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