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Record number 564095
Title Behavioural responses of eel (Anguilla anguilla) approaching a large pumping station with trash rack using an acoustic camera (DIDSON)
Author(s) Keeken, Olvin Alior; Hal, Ralf; Volken Winter, Hendrik; Tulp, Ingrid; Griffioen, Arie Benjamin
Source Fisheries Management and Ecology (2020). - ISSN 0969-997X - 8 p.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12427
Department(s) Onderz. Form. I.
Onderz. Form. D.
WIAS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) conservation - Fish behaviour - fish migration - imaging sonar - migration barriers
Abstract European eel, Anguilla anguilla L., migrating to the sea encounter many man-made structures that can hamper and delay migration or induce mortality. Studying smallscale behavioural movements in front of these man-made structures could provide insight in further mitigating adverse effects. The behaviour of eel approaching a trash rack in front of a large pumping station was investigated using a dual-frequency identification sonar (DIDSON). Eels approaching the trash rack swam through the rack (40.5%) but also showed turning behaviour at (44.7%) or in front of the rack (14.7%). Eels approaching the rack had varying body positions, predominantly head or tail first, but also curled up into a ball or drifted sideways. After turning in front or at the trash rack, eels showed upstream and downwards swimming towards the canal bottom. The results suggest a stepwise response to potential cues, when firstly the body position is changed in such a way that secondly, later on, enhances eventual fast
upstream escapement when perceived necessary. Implications for management of these behavioural observations are discussed.
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