The Institute of Fisheries Management, along with the Zoological Society of London and the Environment Agency are hosting this three day international eel science symposium at the world famous ZSL London Zoo. The Symposium will provide a global forum for scientists and researchers to present the latest data and initiatives on the biology and management of anguillid eels. It will foster and develop international links between key academic, policy, industrial and other stakeholders to promote better understanding of the issues, parallels and conservation opportunities for these iconic species. The symposium will bring together speakers and delegates from around the world for three days of presentations, posters, panel sessions as well as a number of social events including an evening reception on the River Thames. Symposium sessions will cover

  • Species and Regions
  • Marine Phase Studies
  • Monitoring and Stock Management
  • Monitoring and Stock Management (Restocking)
  • Threats
  • Aquacultute and Genetics

We are pleased to announce that the multi award winning writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be providing the official conference opening on the morning of June 13th. Hugh is famous for his hard hitting TV campaigns that include the hugely successful Fish Fight which brought about changes to law at the European level.

Key note addresses will be presented by

Dr. Alan Walker, Cefas (UK) and Chair of ICES Working Group on Eels – Challenges of management from a scientific perspective.

Dr. David Righton, Cefas (UK) – Extreme swimming: eels on their oceanic spawning migration

Dr. Olga Haenen, Wageningen University (Holland) – The most important diseases of European eel in Europe in the last 30 year.

View the programme here

The organising committee for the symposium is:

Paul Coulson and Iain Turner – IFM and members of the Sustainable Eel Group

Dr. Matthew Gollock. – Zoological Society of London and Chair of IUCN Anguillid Section

Andy Don – Fisheries Technical Specialist, National Fisheries Services, Environment Agency UK

Dr. Alan Walker. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science UK and Chair of ICES Working Group on Eels

The symposium is very kindly supported by


The networking events are very kindly supported by



Student attendance is very kindly supported by  



The symposium dinner is very kindly supported by