Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Mississippi
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Mississippi Project


Methods to monitor American Eel distribution and status

August 2020 - August 2021


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Mississippi State University

There is an emerging fishery for American Eels, but there are minimal baseline data on eel populations in Gulf of Mexico terminal rivers. Moreover, the status of America Eel within the Tombigbee River drainage is unknown following completion of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, which potential blocks eel migration routes. This is an undergraduate-led research project to investigate whether American Eel persists in the Noxubee River drainage (MS, AL). This research is funded by the College of Forest Resources through a competitive award for qualified undergraduate students. By determining whether American Eels persist in the Tombigbee River system, this research will help inform management by providing baseline distributional data on American Eels.

Presentations Presentation Date
Blische, H. M.E. Colvin, C.G. Dunn. 2021. Distribution and detection of American eels Anguilla rostrata in Mississippi. Student oral presentation. Annual meeting of the Mississippi chapter of the American Fisheries Society. March 2021
Blische, H, M.E. Colvin, and C.G. Dunn. 2021. Distribution and detection of American eels Anguilla rostrata in Mississippi. Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium at Mississippi State. Mississippi State, Mississippi. April 2021
Blische, H, M.E. Colvin, and C.G. Dunn. 2021. Distribution and detection of American Eels Anguilla rostrata in Mississippi. Student oral presentation. Annual meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual conference. April 2021