A conference on the conservation of the European eel will be held in Scotland, in April, organised by the Forth Rivers Trust

A conference on the conservation of the European eel will be held in Scotland, in April, organised by the Forth Rivers Trust

A major conference on the conservation of the European eel will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, next month (22 April).

Organised by the Forth Rivers Trust (FRT), the Scottish Eel Conference 2022 will bring together leading conservationists and specialists from across the world and will focus on efforts to better understand and conserve the critically endangered European eel.

Lead organiser, Jack Wootton from FRT, says: “This conference as an opportunity for putting eels into the public spotlight, which in turn will attract the attention of funders, nature agencies and other public bodies to support eel conservation projects both in the UK and further afield. It will also provide a forum where experts can bounce new ideas of one another to further boost eel conservation.

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“The event provides a unique opportunity to be involved in the first eel conference in Scotland and shape the conservation of the species.”

The European eel faces many challenges, including climate change, overfishing and barriers in rivers impeding migration, and these will be some of the key issues examined by the conference. 

Jack Wootton says: “For eel conservation to work, it has to be a group effort and it is great to see such a broad spectrum of stakeholders, policymakers and leading experts coming together to attend the conference. This mysterious animal still holds many secrets and collective efforts are helping to unveil some of the answers. From the enthusiasm generated by this event we aim to increase the efforts to conserve and understand eels.”

  • The Scottish Eel Conference 2022 organised by the Forth Rivers Trust will be held at the Craiglockhart Campus in Edinburgh on Friday 22 April, and people interested in attending can book free tickets from Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/2p98tp9d
  • You can also contact Jack Wootton directly at j.wootton@forthriverstrust.org

Source: Press Release

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Major conference on European eel conservation to be held in Scotland

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