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Lough Neagh eel life cycle studied

By Linda Stewart

Published 13/11/2015

A new research project is hoping to unravel the mysterious life of eels from Lough Neagh
A new research project is hoping to unravel the mysterious life of eels from Lough Neagh

A new research project is hoping to unravel the mysterious life of eels from Lough Neagh.

The fish are being used in breeding trials in a bid to complete the full European eel life cycle in captivity for the first time.

The Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), which has teamed up with a Danish research group and the Lough Neagh Fishermen's Cooperative, says much of the eel's life cycle is shrouded in mystery and even its reproduction and breeding areas are still a matter of guesswork.

AFBI says no-one has ever managed to complete the life cycle of European eels in captivity and some populations accumulate contaminants at levels which could be hampering reproduction.That is why Lough Neagh eels have been chosen for the EEL-HATCH project.

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