Our eel team at Canadian Wildlife Federation, along with various collaborators, including Hydro-Quebec, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Arnprior District Fish and Game Club and the Algonquins of Ontario teamed up to tag over 400 juvenile American eels on Wednesday, July 16th at Voyageur Provincial Park, east of Hawksbury, Ontario.
This was the first occasion in which eels were transferred from the eel ladder at the Beauharnois dam in Quebec to the Ottawa River. This transfer allows the eels to bypass the barrier of the Carillon dam, which is a large barrier to upstream migration and also helps in efforts to repopulate the Ottawa River. Seamlessly, individuals from all organizations worked together to measure and weight over 400 juvenile eels – 420 to be exact!
Additionally, all eels were inserted with a small tag, a PIT tag, which gives each individual a unique identification code which when recaptured, researchers will know that the individual was previously caught. Overall, it was a great event which is all thanks to the collaboration and initiative of all these great groups! Since pictures are worth a thousand words, I’ve included some great shots that our team collected yesterday – have a look!