Eel

Anguilla anguilla

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Baltic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Distributed along the North-east Atlantic from Iceland and Norway to west of Africa. Also found in the Baltic, Black and Mediterranean Seas.

ECOLOGY

Mature adults migrate from European rivers and brackish waters to the Sargasso Sea (West Atlantic) for spawning. Juveniles then return to the same rivers. Its diet consists of invertebrates and fish.

FISHERIES

Caught using a wide range of gears, including traps, fyke-nets, hooks, and spears.

DID YOU KNOW

Eel migration can last from 7 months to even 3 years in which they can travel between 5,000 and 6,000 km.