Transport of Adult Eels Ontario Power Generation
Transports
  • Project Years 2008-2016
  • Client Ontario Power Generation
  • Website www.opg.com

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Saint Lawrence River

Previously one of the most abundant fish species in the St. Lawrence River, the American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) population has declined since the 1980s. This decline is in part attributed to the mortality of eels passing through turbines of hydroelectric dams. Since 2008, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has been conducting studies involving the capture of mature eels in the upper St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, followed by the transport and release of these eels in Lake St. Louis as a mitigation strategy for turbine mortality. This year’s project will involve the capture of mature eels in the upper St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario (Ontario waters), their transport to Lake St. Louis, and their re-introduction in Lake St. Louis by shoreline releases.

Article Ontario Power Generation Action Plan for the recovery of the American Eel
ArticleThe American Eel, a species at risk in Ontario
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