The Coastal Research Volunteers will be assisting NH Fish and Game in expanding the number of sites at which they monitor eel abundance. This monitoring is required by the fishery management plan for the American eel (http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/eel/fmps/eelFMP.pdf). The data we collect will be used for the management of eel populations.
We will be monitoring migrating juvenile eels once daily – Monday through Thursday. Captured eels will be measured and evaluated for growth stage. The amount of time required will depend on the number of eels captured; this will often take no longer than an hour, although anticipate longer sampling days during the peak migration. We will be monitoring eels as long as they are migrating, typically April through July. This is a great opportunity to handle and learn about these fascinating critters while contributing valuable data to management efforts.
Please contact Alyson Eberhardt for more information or to schedule a training session.