Claire Corlett

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Ålen fra Sargassohavet

Ålen fra Sargassohavet

Welcome to a video about the eel! We have made this video because of a project work I wrote in 1974. Already at that time I was fascinated by the eel. This summer I have hooked a lot of eels. All as a “catch and releace” – cause it’s totally protected. Welcome – hope you will follow! This project work is written in 1974! It’s a long time ago, and I understand why you are so involved when you see an eel. I’m interested in this lifecycle of the eel. Hello folks 😉 TOUGH, OLD WOMAN IN THE WILD. We are in a lake called Skarevann south in Norway. This is a good fishinglake. You can buy fishing license in Risør. In the lake it’s eel, perch, tench and trout. We will stay for some days, just relax and go fishing! Nice to have you with me! The eel is totally protected. I have always been fascinated by the eel! All the eels in Europe, at least in Scandinavia and Norway, are born in the Sargosso Sea. The fry comes with the Gulf Stream, all the way 6000 kilometer from Sargasso Sea in the Gulf of Mexico When the eel is going to spawn, it turns back from Europe to Saragossa Sea 6000 kilometer just to spawn, and then it dies. It’s interesting! Extremely interesting 😉 but I will tell you more about it later on…. THE FIRST TRIP TO THE ISLAND One key, a hundred boats! Amazing! Quiet and calm in the camp. We expect rain, that’s why we have the tarp set up. Watch up! The fish is loose, it’s gone… It’s a lot of eels at this place. Lots. Here is one more. Don’t touch it! Be aware of the hook! A huge one! NO – keep away! No! Let’s see if I can loose the hook. No, stay away. I have to put away the camera. Here we are….. the eel is free. Another huge eel. I think this is my fourth today. THE SEQOND TRIP TO THE ISLAND. Oh my gosh. No! I hope you saw it! It was an eel, but the line broke. Look at this! This one is big I think. They have a slime layer, you know. Really mucous. Look at this! Look! Oh my gosh. Here you have a guy searching after the eel I sat free. We have to let them go Kiro, they are totally protected! Since 2010 they are protected. We let them go. I don’t want to eat them either. But all the eels here in Norway….. are born in the Sargasso Sea. 6000 kilometers away. Crazy! A little perch. A little perch. This is a new fish species for me. Look! It’s a tench (Tinca tinca). This is new. I have never caught one of them before. I don’t thin this is usual to eat. In any case, I don’t want to eat it. So, this is another “Catch and release”. A fun fish this to catch this morningtime 😉 I’ve got tench and eel and…. perch at this fishingspot. It should be some nice trouts here too, but not for me today. 45 years ago, when i had my 8. year at school, I wrote a project work about the eel. I want to tell you more about his (hang on!) But now, Thank you for joining me on the island. Remember to subscribe, I will appreciate your comment. So long….. NOW TOVE WILL READ FROM HER PROSJECT WORK: Project work by Tove Eriksen, 8c The eel! The eel is a strange fish. It’s long and thin. In fact it has a snake-like appearance. That’s why somebody sometimes confuse the eel with a snake. But the eel is a fish, like cod and coley. It’s located in almost all freshwaters, and it lives in saltwaters too. Do not be confused with the European conger, which is another fish species. In Norway the eel is common in the southern and western part of the country. It’s also found on Island, North Africa, The White Sea and in The Baltic Sea, The Mediterranean Sea and The Black Sea. so it’s pretty widespread. It’s been told a lot of stories about the eels spawning habits. But the most amazing one is the one who we think is the true one. This story tells that the eels in Norway are born far away, in the Sargasso Sea. Who could imagine, that each single eel in the ponds around us are born in the Sargasso Sea, more than 6000 kilometers away. Johannes Schmidt is the name of the man who found an answer on a question nobody erlier had solved. He told us why nobody could find spawning eel in Europe. The answer from Schmidt was that… the eel swam to the Sargasso Sea to spawn and it was not ready to spawn before it was far away from Europe. The larvaes are not good swimmers and they drift towards Europe. The journey lasts 2.5 years before they reach Europe, then they have a length of 6-7 cm. The larvaes are systematized in this way by age and size: Here you see. 1. In West Atlantic – 2,5 cm 2. In Midt Atlantic – 5,2 cm 3. Nearby Europe – 7,5 cm 4. Coastline and lakes in Western Europe – 6,0 cm Now they’re called Glass eels. When the Glass eel arrives the coast, it starts a metamorphose into what we call “Yellow-Eel”. At this time they’re dark on the back and brownish-yellow on the sides and belly. Some of the yellow eels start migrating upstream while others stay by the coast. Through many surveys we know that most of the female migrate upstreams, while the males stay by the coast. To the Bristol Channel in England arrives the vast amount of glass-eels. It’s used to a lot of different things, from delicacy to pork fork. THE OLD VIDEO IS BORROWED – FOLLOW LINK IN DESCRIPTION. This is from the past! Long time before the total protection. When the yellow-eels goes upstream, and the “silver eels” downstream, they don’t give up even if it’s difficult. The eel can survive on dry land longer than any other fish. When people meet eels like this, they sometimes confuse it with a snake. It’s told a lot of fun stories about eel passing dry land. In one of the stories, it’t told that the eel creep up in the field to eat peas 😉 That’s not true you know. After 9-13 years the eel leaves Norway. Usual the males leave first. Both the male and female start a new metamorphose. The back become shiny black, the belly silver white, pectoral fins grow darker and sharper and their eyes grow larger. They are now called “Silver-eel”. I caught one of these this summer. The Silver-eel migrate downstrem to the sea, but it don’t stop by the coast. No! As if it were supposed to be drawn by a magnet, it swim towards a secretive venue, The Sargasso Sea! it’s in the northwestern part of the Atlantic. During the journey to the Sargasso Sea, the eel don’t eat. The whole body is set to live without food. Even the rectum grows together and the stomach and intestines shrink. The eel just corrodes on the fat it has gathered as yellow-eel. But for sure: Every new year it comes new glass-eels to Europe, and every year the silver-eel leaves the coast.. The glass-eel has to come from somewhere! We are not quite sure about whether it’s from the American or European eel, but the eel population in Europe don’t fall for at this time. So I think the European eel came from the Saragasso Sea! This is written by Tove many years ago! But today we know more about the eel. This drawing is nice – isn’t it 😉 One thing has really changed!! The eel population has been falling DRAMATICALLY! THE POPULATION HAS BEEN REDUCED 97-99% SINCE 1980 Today it is totally protected. The European eel is on the seafood red list today One of the reasons is that the eel has problems withe the migrations upstream and downstream. because of barriers to such as hydroelectric dams. And overfishing! All the eels on this video, have you tried to release! Sure! And you didn’t try to catch them.. no, no, no… but the bait isn’t marked with “EEL FORBIDDEN”, you know. We should have made such a sign. Maybe you can draw one? he – he – he A earthworm at the hook, you drop it in the water and it’s signed “EEL FORBIDDEN!”

12 comments on “Ålen fra Sargassohavet

  1. Very interesting fish species, those eels! – I once found three dead ones within just one hour when I was paddling on Lake Constance (on the border Germany/Switzerland). Maybe they had just spawned and died afterwards.

    Thanks for your video & best greetings, Tim

  2. The last time I caught an eel was at least 15+ years ago. Made a fish trap that I snuck onto a naval base, set it out on the port side of a minesweeper 🙂 Checked it every weekend and it had some big ones in it, 1.2 Kg, 800 Gr, … . Worked well, till a navy diver got tangled up in it and destroyed it… . Back then no-one cared about the humble eel, guess it's too little too late now. Here they were considered a delecacy amongst the poor people, served in green herbs and spuds ( poaling in't groen me' kazakk'n – as we call them 🙂

  3. Very interesting they are not protected here and very good smoked I personally do not keep them when caught but cut my line to not harm them

  4. Det jeg vile like og sitt på denne kanalen er sjøørretfiske men her i rogaland er det 5 grader i sjøen så det er for kaldt. Tips: pilgrim 18g og møresilda holo 16 og 10g Hadde vært utrolig. Men fisk men det du har trua på. gleder meg mye til neste fiske video 😀

  5. Here in the northeast US there is a fishery for baby “glass” eels that we call elvers. A few people have permits to harvest elvers which are sold to aqua-culture farms in Asia.

  6. Varmrøkt Ål er utrolig godt.
    Men fint at den er fredet nå. Jeg fisket mye av den i min ungdom. 😂👍😂

    Men det er en delikatesse.

    Takk denne fine filmen.

    Mvh. Arve Herman Tangen

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