Eel, Conger

Conger conger

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — All applicable methods
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — 7e, 7f, 7g, 7h
Picture of Eel, Conger

Sustainability rating five info

Sustainability overview

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Biology

Conger eel is found in the north-east Atlantic, specifically around the shores of Iceland, west of Ireland, throughout the Celtic and North Seas, the coastal Mediterranean and the western coasts of Spain and western North Africa. The life history of the European conger eel is not well documented. It is demersal, living in rocky and sandy seafloor habitats anywhere from 10-1000m depth. It stays near coasts when young and moves to deeper waters when it matures, between 5 and 15 years old. Females undergo dramatic changes in size and skeletal structure when they reach sexual maturity, including loss of teeth, resulting them being unable to eat and subsequently dying after reproduction. There are differing opinions on whether males undergo a similarly dramatic change, and therefore whether they can reproduce multiple times in their lives. Spawning areas are thought to be in the deep sea, with known or suspected spawning grounds being in the Mediterranean, near Sardinia, and in the NE Atlantic, near the Azores. Larvae are then dispersed by currents back towards coastal areas around Europe. Because young congers tend to stay in the same areas until they reach maturity, there could be a number of discrete stocks for management purposes.

Stock information

Criterion score: 0.75 info

Stock Area

Cornwall

Stock information

Management

Criterion score: 1 info

Capture Information

Criterion score: 0.5 info

Alternatives

Based on method of production, fish type, and consumer rating: only fish rated 2 and below are included as an alternative in the list below. Click on a name to show the sustainable options available.

Basa, Tra, Catfish or Vietnamese River Cobbler
Cod, Atlantic Cod
Coley, Saithe
Haddock
Hake, European
Monkfish, Anglerfish
Pollock, Alaska, Walleye
Sturgeon (Farmed)
Tilapia