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Point sampling the abundance of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in freshwater areas

Laffaille, Pascal and Briand , Cédric and Fatin, Denis and Lafage, Denis and Lasne, Emilien Point sampling the abundance of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in freshwater areas. (2005) Archiv für Hydrobiologie , 162 (1). 91-98. ISSN 0003-9136

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0003-9136/2005/0162-0091


The European eel population is in decline. Urgent management actions are required. To monitor their effect, we developed a fast sampling method, applicable in shallow rivers and tributaries. We compared the Carle & Strub estimator from 35 double pass electric fishing samples with Point Abundance Sampling by Electrofishing or PASE (24 point samples on average by section) which we adapted for the eel. The correlation between both methods was highly significant (r2=94%, p<0.001) for densities lower than 150 eels .100 m-2. PASE, being a cheaper sampling method, thus constitutes an efficient and cost-effective method for evaluating management actions and further biological studies.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institution d’Aménagement de la Vilaine - IAV (FRANCE)
Other partners > Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle - MNHN (FRANCE)
Other partners > Fish-Pass (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Rennes 1 (FRANCE)
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