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Fresh water eel spawning habits tracked

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A new underwater discovery has been made in local waters. According to University of Guam Marine Lab's Dr. Terry Donaldson, one of his colleagues, Noritaka Mochioka, along with other Japanese researchers conducted an intense research mission to find out just how eels spawn. He says this has been a scientific mystery and the group using several tracking techniques was able to find eggs for Japanese eels and giant fresh water eels at the West Marianas Ridge near the Marianas Trench.

Dr. Donaldson says they intend to use the information to mimic the spawning of these eels in captivity. "Essentially raise eels for commercial consumption and this is good because there is an intense fishery for eels its regulated in some places and not so in other places, they are under a lot of pressure from over fishing and there are conservation concerns," he explained.

He adds that this finding will also prevent the extinction of wild eels.

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