Chapter 14 Improvements on the Reproductive Control of the European Eel

  • Juan F. AsturianoEmail author


A combination of several factors have produced an intense decline of the European eel populations until becoming an endangered species, but the European eel is a demanded species with high market values, and wild glass eels are still the base of the eel aquaculture. Nowadays, reproduction in captivity seems the only realistic alternative to reduce the pressure on natural populations and supply glass eels to eel farms. Altogether, trying to get its reproduction in captivity is still an exciting scientific challenge for physiologists, endocrinologists, nutritionists, embryologists, etc. This chapter tries to give an overview of the recent research developed in some of the key areas related with the reproduction of this species, and the main improvements, conclusions and hypothesis emerging from that research, making an especial emphasis in those papers published from 2000.


Anguilla Reproduction Aquaculture Physiology 



During the last years, the research of our team has been mainly funded by the EELGONIA project (Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, MICIU; RTI2018-096413-B-I00), REPRO-TEMP project (Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, MINECO; AGL2013-41646-R), European Union’s 7th Framework Program (PRO-EEL, grant agreement n° 245257), European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (IMPRESS, grant agreement n° 642893), and by COST Office (COST Action FA1205: AQUAGAMETE).


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