Coney Island's New York Aquarium Helps Massive Eel Research Project

March 3, 2014

In one of the largest eel research projects across the East Coast, New York Aquarium researchers in Coney Island have begun collecting the sea creatures along the Hudson River to better understand their decline.

With relentless fishing, dams, habitat loss, and pollution threatening their populations, American eels are in trouble.

To ensure their future, the New York Aquarium and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program have teamed up to survey populations—and specifically their migrating fry, called “glass eels”—in local waterways.

In Brooklyn, the Aquarium's Manager of Education, Chanda Bennett, and her colleagues have also recruited 50 volunteers, including high school students, to help with the weekly counts.

Read more about the research project in the New York Daily News.