American Eel Subcommittee

The Southern Division American Fisheries Society will be conducting a special American Eel Research and Conservation symposium for the Southeastern U.S.   This special session will focus on progress in managing American Eel and next steps needed for conservation.


Organizers: Robby Maxwell, Sean Kinney, Kevin Mayes, & Stephen Curtis

April 9, 2021

All times shown in Eastern Standard Time

9:00 – Announcements


Gulf of Mexico – Stephen Curtis, moderator 

9:20 – Quinn – Conservation and biology of American Eel in the Gulf of Mexico [7.1]

9:40 – Vale et al. – Preliminary assessment of American Eel demographics at the Toledo Bend Hydropower Project, Sabine  River, Gulf of Mexico [7.2]

10:00 – Rider et al. – Status and survey of American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Alabama [7.3]

10:20 – Blische et al. – Distribution and detection of American eels Anguilla rostrata in Mississippi [7.4]


10:40 – Break


11:00 – Curtis et al. – American Eel in Texas: Ongoing and future research [7.5]

11:20 – Maxwell and Kinney – American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in Louisiana: Ages, growth rates, diet, and emerging patterns  [7.6]

11:40 – Quinn et al. – Migration dynamics of American Eels Anguilla rostrata in Ouachita-Black-Red-Atchafalaya River navigation system, Arkansas and Louisiana [7.7]


12:00 – Lunch


Atlantic coast – Robby Maxwell, moderator

1:00 – Anstead et al. – American eel updates from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission [7.8]

1:20 – Tuckey et al. – American Eel recruitment, demographics and disease in Virginia [7.9]

1:40 – Cheatwood and Mack – Comparative analysis on a decade of American Eel passage at Roanoke Rapids, NC and at three additional East Coast hydropower projects [7.10]

2:00 – Holder and Bonvechio – Long-term monitoring project developed for spring runs in Florida’s St. Johns River suggest  these ecosystems may be important habitats for American Eels [7.11]

2:20 – Lavoie and Oliveira – Non-lethal detection of the invasive swimbladder parasite Anguillicola crassus in American Eels (Anguilla rostrata) [7.12]


2:40 – Discussion