Assessment of The Annual European eel (Anguilla Anguilla Linnaeus, 1758) Catches In Three Suggested Major Monitoring areas To Support The development of eel fishery management system In Turkey


Journal of Applied Ichthyology, vol.36, no.6, pp.924-931, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jai.14136
  • Journal Name: Journal of Applied Ichthyology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Animal Behavior Abstracts, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.924-931
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbHThirteen river basins draining into the Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas were selected for evaluation of European eel (Anguilla Anguilla L., 1758) catch in Turkey. These basins were grouped into three so-called “eel monitoring area” (EMA). The official province-based annual landing data between 1996 and 2018 were assessed for each of the monitoring areas. Statistically significant decreases over the years were observed in the landing data in all of the monitoring areas. The adequate protection of the European eel standing stocks, particularly in some critical eel habitats such as Köyceğiz lagoon showed over time a small decrease in eel catches in EMA-2. However, a substantial decrease was detected in the province of Adana, which includes the Seyhan and Ceyhan basins, and these are located in the EMA-3. The catch data mainly based on the commercial fisheries and the restriction on export seems to be the main reason for the decline in catches in the three EMAs. Thus the suggested monitoring areas (EMAs) are needed to structure research programmes on basic knowledge on escapement ratio of migrating silver eels, arrival and upstream migration of glass eels in the rivers of each of the EMAs in order to build area specific management strategies. These monitoring areas may provide practical units that management can use in future fisheries regulations.