This year the St Mary’s Science Department have partnered with the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) on the Eel in the Classroom project. We are currently housing 50 juvenile European eels, ‘elvers’, with the plan to reintroduce them back into the wild in May.
The aim of this project is to help raise awareness and learn about the fascinating life history of this critically endangered fish. European eels face numerous threats such as habitat loss, overfishing and pollution. This has resulted in 90-98% decrease in numbers since the 1970s. Harriet from BART led a river-dipping session with LIV to assess the water quality of the River Marden (the release point of our elvers) by sampling its biodiversity. The important conservation work done by BART is critical in helping our little elvers with their eventual journey back to the North Atlantic to spawn.