Evaluation of visible implant elastomer as a method for tagging small European eels

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Visible implant elastomer (VIE) tagging showed no significant effect on survival of either 230 single-tagged or 60 multiple-tagged small European eels Anguilla anguilla. Mean tag retention was 98·7% during the 5 month laboratory experiments. Multiple VIE tags had no observed effect on European eel locomotor behaviour. VIE appears a reliable method for individually tagging small European eels, and could be useful in capture–recapture field studies.

Keywords: Anguilla anguilla; locomotor behaviour; survival; tag retention; tagging evaluation; visible implant elastomer

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01617.x

Affiliations: Cemagref, Unité Ecosystèmes Estuariens et Poissons Migrateurs Amphihalins, 50 avenue de Verdun, 33612 Cestas Cedex, France

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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