American Eels are pretty impressive creatures.
They swim 5,000 kilometres from Ontario waters to the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda to spawn. Then their offspring make the long journey back.
Considering they’ve got such a long trek, you’d think making the journey itself and the sheer energy they’d exhaust making it would be the hardest part for these eels.
Unfortunately, it’s really not.
They face so many threats along the way, like facing barriers such as dams and turbines that can kill adults as they return to sea. They’re having such a hard time that they’ve declined by more than 99 per cent in Ontario.
It’s Not Looking Good for the Eels
That’s why it’s more important than ever that they become listed. They’re already considered Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, but they still haven’t been listed under the Species at Risk Act. Getting listed would make such a big impact for the American Eel. It would protect the species. And they certainly need our protection!
The good news? The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is in the final stages of developing listing advice to Cabinet on whether or not to add the American Eel to the Species at Risk Act. The bad news? They’ve been reviewing it for over three years and still haven’t delivered their final listing decision.
We Need Action if We Are Going to Save the American Eel!
This Rivers to Oceans Week, we want to help the migratory species that need it the most.
Will you send an email to government urging them to list the American Eel in the Species at Risk Act?
Follow That Fish!
Click on the map below to follow the migratory routes of the American Eel. Discover the great threats they face along the way and learn how you can help.