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
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Distributed from north-west Africa to the British Isles, mid-Norway and Iceland; also in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. In Britain conger eel is found predominantly on the south and western coasts of England, Wales and Scotland and all around the Irish coast. Depth 0-500m. It is a powerful fish with an elongated snake-like body which is smooth and scaleless. It has an extended fin running 3/4 of its length. They are usually grey-blue or grey-black in colour with a white or pale golden coloured belly. They can reach a length of up to 3m and 110kg weight, although females are lighter and smaller at 1m maximum. They are sexually mature at 5-15 years and die after spawning, due to irreversible and fatal changes to their body during the reproductive process. The only well known conger eel spawning site is located in the Mediterranean, near the Island of Sardinia. It is thought that it may also spawn in the eastern North Atlantic, around the Azores. Sexual maturity occurs during its migration towards the deep-sea spawning areas.

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