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American Eels

With a life cycle taking them all the way to the Sargasso Sea and a commercial need spanning the globe, American eels are some of the most interesting fish swimming in Florida’s waters.



American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) Monitoring in Florida

FWC is mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to monitor young-of-year and adult yellow eels in Florida. Since 2001, data have been collected for eels that inhabit northeast Florida waterways.

American Eel FAQ

Do you have questions about American eel? Read the American eel FAQ for answers.

Parasites in American Eels: A Photo Set on Flickr

FWRI biologists are studying American eel swimbladder parasites.

Parasitic Nematodes in American Eels

FWRI researchers are studying the prevalence of nematodes in the swim bladders of American eels.


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Today, smalltooth sawfish are found only in the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida to the Bahamas, including southwest Florida Gulf Coast.

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