Eel Research

Students checking the eel fyke net at mouth of Saw Kill – spring 2018

Interested in volunteering? Email SawKillEels [at] gmail.com or click here to view the sign-up schedule (this will open up a google sheet).

Originally established by Robert Schmidt, the eel net at the mouth of the Saw Kill has been set-up and monitored every year since 2003. This net checks for the glass eels that make the great migration from the Sargasso Sea and up the Hudson River and into its tributaries each spring. In 2008, it became part of a larger NYSDEC citizen science project, and the Saw Kill is one of approximately 14 sites that are monitored. Each site is checked daily from mid-March to mid-May by groups of volunteers that include students and community members.

Hudsonia collaborates with the NYSDEC, the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR), Bard College and the EUS Water Lab, and the Saw Kill Watershed Community to oversee the Saw Kill site.

Visit the NYSDEC’s American Eel Citizen Science page for more information on this project and the other sites involved.

Hudsonia Reports:

Schmidt, R.E. & T.R. Lake. 2003. Young of year American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Hudson River tributaries: Year one. Report to Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC, New Paltz, NY. 12 p.

Schmidt, R.E. & T.R. Lake. 2003. Young of year American eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Hudson River tributaries: Year two. Report to Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC, New Paltz, NY. 8 p.

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