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Habitat Improvement Strategy for the European Eel

(Anguilla anguilla)

The Sustainable Eel Group partners undertook this study to help identify priority works in each River Basin District (RBD) that would benefit eel and offer the most potential for improvement of eel escapement in England and Wales.
The study is intended to inform the England & Wales Eel Management Plans, and therefore address the EC Eel Regulation which sets out a target for escapement of adult eel to the sea.

The project objectives were : -

  • creation of a database of proposed and completed eel habitat and linked eel pass projects
  • development of a methodology to determine priorities for eel habitat improvements and linked eel passes for projects that are currently unfunded
  • initial opportunity mapping of priority for eel habitat projects and restocking locations

Project outputs are : -

  • Report detailing methodology and listing top 10 priority habitat and eel pass projects per RBD
  • Set of A4 maps per RBD showing priority unfunded, current and completed eel habitat projects and passes, eel restocking opportunities and a regional habitat opportunity model
  • Excel spreadsheet detailing all site locations, including project type, rankings, site co-ordinates, contact names, etc.
  • GIS datasets (eel habitat, passes and restocking opportunity locations and national habitat opportunity model)

The project outputs are available for download below : -

Clicking on the map opens a PDF for that river Basin District. The file contains maps denoting eel habitat improvement priorities, eel restocking opportunities and eel habitat opportunities for that district.
Please note: files are quite large (1.5 to 3.5 Mb) to maintain detail within the maps.

River Basin Districts

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