increase in flood defences and sluices on Somerset’s
tidal rivers have made it even more difficult for our endangered
glass eel population to survive.
need to be able to pass flood defences if they are to progress to
the non-tidal parts of Somerset’s rivers like the Parrett
where they can grow until they are large enough to return to the
ocean to breed in the Sargasso Sea.
of the glass eels will die if they are left the wrong side of obstructions
like weirs and sluices.
Elver fishermen are currently licensed by the Environment
Agency and the elvers will be released beyond all the man-made obstructions
on the River Parrett as part of the Sustainable Eel Group project.
of their catch is sent to restock rivers in Europe where the population
is even lower than here.
Enviroment Agency is attaching large plastic rings to sluice gates
on the River Parrett which will slow the closing of the gate and
allow a higher proportion of the elvers, which ride the head of
the tide up the river, to pass through the obstruction.