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Video: Tagged Eels Released In Aspetuck River In Easton

The Aquarion Water Co. made this video of the capture and release of eels in the Aspetuck River in Easton. Video Credit: Aquarion Water Company

EASTON, Conn. -- A variety of corporate, nonprofit and educational agencies worked together last fall to release and monitor 30 radio-transmitter-tagged eels in the Aspetuck River in Easton.

The agencies included Aquarion Water Co., The Nature Conservancy, Sacred Heart University, the U.S. Geological Survey's Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Laboratory in Turners Falls, Mass., and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

In the video, Sally Harold, director of migratory fish projects for the Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, works with John Herlihy, director of water quality and environmental management for Aquarion. The eels are tagged and released into the Aspetuck River. If the eels make it beyond on the Aspetuck Dam, they can continue down the river to Long Island Sound and eventually to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.

The three releases, of 10 eels each, were scheduled to coincide with significant rain events to spur the eels' migrations, encouraging them to move downstream to the saltwater. Aquarion posted the video earlier this year.

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