Patterns of silver eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) sex ratio in a catchment

TitlePatterns of silver eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) sex ratio in a catchment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLaffaille, P, Acou, A, Guioullet, J, Mounaix, B, Legault, A
JournalEcology of Freshwater Fish

Changes in the numbers and size-class structure of European silver eels, Anguilla anguilla, in the River Fremur (France) were examined over a 9-year period after installation of downstream eel passes. The number of silver eels migrating downstream peaked in 1999, then decreased strongly and steadily after 2000, reaching relatively low levels. At the same time, a gradual shift in the silver eel sex ratio from a dominance of males (size from 270 to 442 mm, age from 3 to 6 years) to females (size from 366 to 1112 mm, age from 4 to 9 years) was recorded. Possible explanations for the escapement patterns observed are environmental sex determination and the installation of eel passes on the main hydraulic engineering structures in 1992 and 1996.