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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:28 am

1 eel 85mm today, nothing else in trap.

Tiny and inconsequential, till you think it's swum from Mexico to be at Molesey lock Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:42 am

Good news all the same, from Mexico with love Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:43 am

Update from Joe the ZSL lead...

Dear Everyone,
I’ve been in touch with most of you pretty recently about eel related things but I thought I’d give you a quick update on the project. I’d be grateful if you could forward this to your teams of volunteers please?

The torrents of rain have disrupted monitoring at a few sites . Those of you with in-stream traps have certainly had plenty of opportunities to fine tune your trap repair techniques! So far we are recording elvers on the River Medway, Darent, Roding, Lee, Wandle and The Thames at Molesey weir.

Its early days and not possible, at this stage, to make any meaningful comparisons to previous years. Top prize for most unusual catch of the season so far goes to the Medway, they pulled up the trap a few weeks ago to see seven Sea Lamprey in it.

Some of the most important findings from the project come when we don’t catch elvers at all and certainly at 2 sites where we are yet to record eels we are gathering very important evidence with which to work with the Environment Agency to improve eel passage downstream.

We have already had a few volunteers joining ZSL staff on their ‘eel run’, which they do every week on a Tuesday and Friday. The trip starts at 9am at London zoo and finishes at approximately 3pm and includes traps on the Roding, Darent, Wandle and the Mole. If anybody would like to join the run you would be most welcome. Send me a couple of suggested dates, avoiding the Olympics, and I’ll book you onto the ZSL wagon.
Late June, July and early August are typically the busiest period for the elver migration so if you are yet to see an eel, it all might still happen.

For more news on the programme keep checking our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ZSLMarineAndFreshwaterConservation

Thank you all very much for your continued efforts.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:10 pm

David Harvey wrote:

Late June, July and early August are typically the busiest period for the elver migration

Have been wondering when busiest time is. Good news that we could see many more in the coming weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:24 pm

Getting busier now Steve.

Checked the trap mid afternoon and found 13 ranging from 110mm to 195mm, remarkable. Then was showing the lockies what was in the bucket, an Eel of around 350mm came up and into the trap, bizzare.

Pics as below, note the big one has some sort of damage or possibly a fungus, have sent the pics to Joe.

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110
130 x2
140
145
155
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185
195
350

Who can do Sunday folks








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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:08 pm

Me and Michael can check trap on Sunday and we will return the life jacket at the same time. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:46 pm

Lovely sir Smile
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PostSubject: eel trap results   Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:05 pm

Checked the trap a bow locks several times and only had one native crab Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:34 pm

Myself and Mike checked the eel trap at four o'clock today and it was empty.We gave it a good clean out and i returned the life jacket to the eel trap moitoring box,the one we borrowed on Saturday,
Colin / Mike
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:52 pm

Nice one Colin. You and Mike have been a real asset to the club lately with all your efforts on the eel survey and the riverfly work.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:28 am

Excellent work people. Basketball


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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:31 pm

Is anyone around to check the trap this weekend, if not I can do tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:21 pm

The Jack and me can do it, but can you give us a lifted as we awill go fishing a hampton court afterwoods for the afternoon, then get bus back

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hoperly, we will catch lots of bream and have a nice smally landing net on the bus, pirat
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:00 pm

Keith Collett wrote:


hoperly, we will catch lots of bream and have a nice smally landing net on the bus, pirat

yep mine stinks from last night will the bream.
its been on the washing line all day..
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:11 pm

David Harvey wrote:
Is anyone around to check the trap this weekend, if not I can do tomorrow.

No problem for me to do it on Sunday - I'm working there! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:57 am

Mikes away this weekend so I can do with my wife if you want, let me know.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:03 pm

Michael and I are free to check the eel trap this weekend 7th 8th July, please confirm if Ok for us to, thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:10 pm

No Eels last Thursday or Sunday, well sort of.

The trap, as Colin found out early on, may not exactly suit the recording of very small Elvers due to the mesh size. Last Wednesday the EA lead on the project found 3 'pigmented' Elvers in the trap but were getting through the mesh cage, when I checked it Thursday they were gone.

Investigations today have concluded that the trap needs replacing and Fishtek have agreed to do this, I am not sure at who's cost, though maybe a design fault. It is only the start of a long term program, and hiccups will always occur and lessons learnt, good lessons.

No change in what we do, the bigger ones are still there and Joe recorded four today Smile

Even better given all our hard work, there are two new traps for next year that may come our way, one on the Mole and one on the Wey, early days yet but said we will like first refusal on the monitoring. It may suit you chaps who are close by.


Edit: Colin yes please mate, Sunday if pos Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:38 pm

Ok we will do Sunday Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:52 pm

Colin Arbon wrote:
Michael and I are free to check the eel trap this weekend 7th 8th July, please confirm if Ok for us to, thanks.

Wife & I have just arranged to meet up with some friends in Hampton tomorrow so very happy to check the trap on the way, save anyone making a special journey.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:47 am

Ok Paul, look forward to hearing results.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:26 pm

Hi paul
I believe you couldn't locate the key Sad today,me and Mike can take a trip tomorrow,what was the river level like?
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:43 am

The key should be on the red tag in the cabinet, if not Joe P may have it as was down on Tuesady, let's us know Col.

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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:11 pm

neither of the 2 lock keepers on duty whilst I was there were able to find the key & they looked through the cabinet a couple of times.

Nothing visible in the trap from looking under the lid, even when swiping the net around, which added to the decent flows I think means a trip this weekend is probably not necessary on fish welfare grounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Eel Trap results 2012   Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:30 pm

Checked today and the key was there so should be fine, its got a red plastic fob with eel trap written on it.

The EA were down this morning and checked it and found 24 ranging from 112mm to 422mm, remarkable. I went down this afternoon not knowing it had been checked and found another 8. Shocked

Need to step up the checks now to 3 a week if we can. Is anyone around daytimes and can get down there?

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