The Path of the American Eel

Authors: Karina Mirochnik; Grace Malabanti; Sydney Atkinson

Advisors: Creighton Peet; Thomas Balistrieri

Category: Undergraduate

Our project focused on creating a set of recommendations for WWF Hong Kong with the goal of improving the sustainability of the American eel population and its trade with East Asia. We conducted archival research and semi- structured interviews with eel stakeholders to understand the regulations controlling eel’s harvest and trade, threats to their habitat, how they are farmed using aquaculture, and the culture of eel consumption. We concluded that the major threats to the American eel are habitat fragmentation and adult eel mortality caused by dams and hydropower facilities. Additionally, while the current eel fishing regulations and enforcement in the United States are effective, regulations in other countries need to be improved.

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