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Important questions to progress science and sustainable management of anguillid eels

Righton, David and Piper, Adam and Aarestrup, Kim and Amilhat, Elsa and Belpaire, Claude and Casselman, John and Castonguay, Martin and Diaz, Estibaliz and Dorner, Hendrik and Faliex, Elisabeth and Feunteun, Eric and Fukuda, Nobuto and Hanel, Reinhold and Hanzen, Celine and Jellyman, Don and Kaifu, Kenzo and McCarthy, Kieran and Miller, Michael J. and Pratt, Thomas and Sasal, Pierre and Schabetsberger, Robert and Shiraishi, Hiromi and Simon, Gael and Sjoberg, Niklas and Steele, Kristen and Tsukamoto, Katsumi and Walker, Alan and Westerberg, Håkan and Yokouchi, Kazuki and Gollock, Matthew (2021). Important questions to progress science and sustainable management of anguillid eels. Fish and Fisheries. 22 , 762-788
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Anguillid eels are found globally in fresh, transitional and saline waters and have played an important role in human life for centuries. The population status of several species is now of significant concern. The threats to populations include direct exploitation at different life stages, blockages to migratory routes by dams and other structures, changes in river basin management that impact habitat carrying capacity and suitability, pollution, climate change, diseases and parasites. While much has been done to understand eel biology and ecology, a major challenge is to identify the key research and management questions so that effective and targeted studies can be designed to inform conservation, management and policy. We gathered 30 experts in the field of eel biology and management to review the current state of knowledge for anguillid eel species and to identify the main topics for research. The identified research topics fell into three themes: (a) Lifecycle and Biology; (b) Impacts and (c) Management. Although tropical anguillid eels are by far the least well understood, significant knowledge gaps exist for all species. Considerable progress has been made in the last 20 years, but the status of many species remains of great concern, particularly for northern temperate species. Without improved engagement and coordination at the regional, national and international level, the situation is unlikely to improve. Further, adaptive management mechanisms to respond to developments in science, policy and our knowledge of potential threats are required to ensure the future of these important and enigmatic species.

Authors/Creators:Righton, David and Piper, Adam and Aarestrup, Kim and Amilhat, Elsa and Belpaire, Claude and Casselman, John and Castonguay, Martin and Diaz, Estibaliz and Dorner, Hendrik and Faliex, Elisabeth and Feunteun, Eric and Fukuda, Nobuto and Hanel, Reinhold and Hanzen, Celine and Jellyman, Don and Kaifu, Kenzo and McCarthy, Kieran and Miller, Michael J. and Pratt, Thomas and Sasal, Pierre and Schabetsberger, Robert and Shiraishi, Hiromi and Simon, Gael and Sjoberg, Niklas and Steele, Kristen and Tsukamoto, Katsumi and Walker, Alan and Westerberg, Håkan and Yokouchi, Kazuki and Gollock, Matthew
Title:Important questions to progress science and sustainable management of anguillid eels
Series Name/Journal:Fish and Fisheries
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:22
Page range:762-788
Number of Pages:27
Publisher:WILEY
ISSN:1467-2960
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Fish and Aquacultural Science
Keywords:conservation, global management, impacts, lifecycle
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112114
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112114
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/faf.12549
Web of Science (WoS)000647419000001
ID Code:24780
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Jul 2021 14:25
Metadata Last Modified:01 Jul 2021 14:31

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