The American eel

The Issue

The American eel was once the dominant fish species in the Ottawa River. In the past 40 years, it has declined by 99% and, along with it, so has the appreciation for its rich historical, ecological and cultural values within the watershed. In response, the Ontario government has listed the American eel as a species at risk. Ottawa Riverkeeper and its allies will not accept the continued decimation of this iconic species.

How Are We Helping?

Ottawa Riverkeeper has pushed the Ontario provincial government to list the American eel as a species at risk, and commented on the Government Response Statement for how to protect the endangered species. We organize annual Trap and Transfers to help with eel migration, and spearhead Eel Days, to help increase awareness on this issue. We are also working closely with hydro companies to address how best to protect this population during their migration.