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Let’s Get R-Eel:
A Talk About Eels

16 May 2024

By Sun 28 Apr 2024May 17th, 2024BIODIVERSITY, Events

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Event Details


Green Foundation Ireland and Friends of Castle Lake invite you to join us in an in-person evening talk:

Let’s Get R-Eel:
A Talk About Eels

THURSDAY 16 MAY 2024 – 19:00 (Irish time)

Venue: Bailieborough Library
Market House, Bailieborough, County Cavan, A82 RH73

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As always at our events,
an important part will be the
Q&A session
which will allow full
participation by those attending.

Event Programme


ROB CRUIKSHANKS is a member of the National Eel Monitoring Programme with Inland Fisheries Ireland. This programme, which began in 2009 to monitor the population of European eel in Ireland’s rivers, lakes and estuaries, was created in response to European legislation that required member states to develop an eel management plan and to establish measures for eel stock recovery.

While measures to promote eel stock recovery included the suspension of commercial eel fishing, overfishing was not the only reason for their decline. Other factors include water pollution, habitat loss, climate change, barriers to migration, parasites and diseases. The Eel Monitoring Programme monitors eel stocks and examines the potential causes for their decline.


Bailieborough Library is situated at Market House, Bailieborough, County Cavan, A82 RH73 – here is a map to help you locate it.


While admission is FREE to this event, registration is NECESSARY as places are strictly limited. Please secure your place by booking here.

Silver Eel on River Barrow


The European eel is classified as critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. European eels spawn in the Sargasso Sea, and after hatching as larval eels, they drift on the Gulf Stream ocean current until they reach the Atlantic coasts of Europe and transform into glass eels. Sadly, the number of young eels reaching our waters has declined over the past 30 years and amounts to as little as 8% of what was present during the 1970s.