Reproduction of European Eel
Towards a Self-sustained Aquaculture
 

The PRO-EEL project aims at breeding European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in captivity. Reproduction of eel in culture has become a focus research area due a severe decline of natural stocks and an increasing interest to breed eels for a self-sustained aquaculture. PRO-EEL is an international research project supported financially by the European Commission.

The objective of the project is to expand the current knowledge on the eel reproduction and develop standardized protocols for production of high quality gametes (egg and sperm), viable embryos and feeding larvae of European eel. Methodology and technology will be established using small scale tests and validation in full scale experiments.

Focus is on the primary bottlenecks in a controlled reproduction of eels, which concern deficiencies in knowledge about their reproductive physiology and treatments applied to induce and finalise gamete development. New methods are needed for a production of viable eggs and larvae from broodstock in a regular and predictable way. Further challenges include identification of suitable larval rearing conditions and initial feed in order to establish feeding cultures of European eel larvae.

Consortium

The consortium includes 15 partners comprising European research institutes and industry partners as well as an international collaboration partner country (ICPC).

PRO-EEL

Project duration 

PRO-EEL started 1 April 2010 and ended 30 September 2014.  

Coordinator

Dr. Jonna Tomkiewicz
National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Technical University of Denmark  
E-mail jt@aqua.dtu.dk
Tel +45 35883408

News and upcoming events

PRO-EEL set out five years ago with the aim to enhance the knowledge base on European eel reproduction and develop the technology needed to produce viable offspring and rear larvae to the first feeding stage.

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Recent results of the PRO-EEL project were among other presented at Aquaculture Europe 2014 in San Sebastian, Spain, which featured a dedicated eel session chaired by PRO-EEL participants Jonna Tomkiewicz, DTU, and Elin Kjørsvik, NTNU. See Aquaculture Europe 2014 or go to our PRO-EEL News & Events or go to our PRO-EEL Newsletters

Join Aquaculture Europe 2015 October 20 - 23, 2015 - Rotterdam, Netherlands. The conference again features a dedicated eel session chaired by PRO-EEL participants Jonna Tomkiewicz, DTU. Abstracts should be submitted to AE2015

Swimming 19 days old European eel larvae

Curious to see what a young European eel leptochepalus looks like? Watch here swimming behaviour of a 19-days old European eel larvae.

Embryos of European eel ready to hatch

In this film you see embryos of European eel. They are at the time in their life where the embryo has developed and the eggs is ready to hatch. This happens around 48 hours after the fertilization and thus development is quite rapid. 

Newly hatched larvae of European eel

The PRO-EEL project aims at breeding European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in captivity. Reproduction of eel in culture has become a focus research area due a severe decline of natural stocks and an increasing interest to breed eels for a self-sustained aquaculture. 
http://www.pro-eel.eu/
31 JULY 2015