Reproduction of European Eel
Towards a Self-sustained Aquaculture
The PRO-EEL project aimed 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 was an international research project supported financially by the European Commission.
The objective of the project was 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 was established using small scale tests and validation in full scale experiments.
The project focused 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 included establishment of suitable larval rearing conditions and identification of initial feed needed to establish feeding cultures of European eel larvae.
The consortium included 15 partners comprising European research institutes and industry partners as well as an international collaboration partner country (ICPC).
PRO-EEL started April 2010 and ended March 2015.
Dr. Jonna Tomkiewicz
National Institute of Aquatic Resources
Technical University of Denmark
Tel +45 35883408