The European Eel Consultancy is a business unit of ECOFACT, Ireland’s largest independent ecological consultancy. The European Eel consultancy is headed up by Dr. William O’Connor, a senior aquatic scientist who has worked with eels for over 20 years. With funding from the ESB and in co-operation with the National University of Ireland, Galway,
exceptional results were obtained in relation to catching glass eels and elvers with over 20 million juvenile eels captured
Dr. William O’Connor undertook a major study on juvenile eels in the Shannon estuary and Lower Shannon during the late 1990s. During the study exceptional results were obtained in relation to catching glass eels and elvers with over 20 million juvenile eels captured. The key finding of the study was that despite the global downturn in eel numbers hugely significant catches of both glass eels and elvers could be made with determined and focused effort.