Field evaluation of a hidrostal pump for live transfer of American eels at a hydroelectric facility
American eel, eels, hidrostal pump, hydroelectric, Anguilla, Anguilla rostrata, mortality, injuries
Journal or Book Title
North American Journal of Fisheries Management
The effectiveness of using a Hidrostal pump for the live transfer of American eels Anguilla rostrata over a hydroelectric dam was evaluated at the Saunders generating station facility on the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ontario, in September 1985. In total, 2,300 American eels were passed live through the pump with no latent mortality. Fish injury was minimal—averaging less than 3% over all test conditions. The Hidrostal pump shows promise for transferring American eels at hydro-electric facilities.