Eels show signs of changes in the Atlantic

This fish has become an authentic biomarker of what is happening on the planet and is doing so at the expense of his own life.

The Department of Comprehensive Sciences, University of Huelva (UHU) has made, at the request of the Government of Andalusia, a job to know what the situation of the eel on the Andalusian coast. Onubense researchers have had the opportunity to perform sampling and fieldwork has revealed the nosedive that has suffered this species, especially in the last 30 years and that spans worldwide. From the overabundance presenting this species until mid-twentieth century, it has gone to near extinction, so their capture is now banned throughout Europe.

Professor of Zoology Jose Prenda, a member of Campus of International Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR), and Environment, Biodiversity and Global Change (CamBio), explained that «the eel has been a widespread and abundant species.» It consists, as is known, of a total of eleven subspecies, the most common European, Japanese and American. They are all the same fate.

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