European Ell suggested as a flagship species of the Skadar lake
KOTOR, MONTENEGRO, 22.06.2020 – Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro has published study “Evaluating status of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in the Skadar lake which indicates ell as lake’s flagship species.
The study describes ell as a highly endangered fish species. Eel inhabits the whole water mass of Skadar lake, from its shoreline to its central part, form the small coastal springs to the depts of sublacustric wells called „oka“. There is a pronounced need to regulate and control ell harvesting in fish traps on the Bojana river in Albania during downstream eel migration. In order to reduce fishing pressure on eel livestock in the Skadar lake authors suggest estimating the development of eel farming and using glass eels and elvers from Bojana delta as fish farm stocking material.
It was an honour and a great professional challenge for me to contribute to the writing of this study. I hope that the authors team, led by Dr. Danilo Mrdak, associated professor at the University of Montenegro, justified proposal to proclaim eel, together with pelican, as a flagship species of the Skadar lake.
This study and publication were carried out under the project “Marine Biodiversity Conservation Center “Boka Aquarium” (MonteAqua)”, implemented by the Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro in cooperation with the Center for Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation of Inland Waters, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Kragujevac.
The study is available for free download at the following LINK.