European Eel

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European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

Average Weight

An average european eel weighs 3.6 Kg (8 lbs)

IUCN Status

CR – Critically Endangered


The European eel has a serpent-like head, with a rounded snout and wide protruding eyes, its body is very long and narrow with a continuous dorsal fin, along with a continuous anal and tail-fin. The colour of the European eel varies dramatically depending on the age of the eel, so much so that younger European eels were believed to be a different species entirely. Generally adult European eels are brown or olive green, although some adults can also be silver, hence why they are also known as silver eels. The European eel has no scales and instead has a covering of slime.

European eels are currently critically endangered due to overfishing, as such if caught they should be released by law.

More information

Due to the fact that the european eel is critically endangered, we will not provide information on how to catch one, as it is not something you should set out to do. Anglers who have caught and not released european eels back into the ocean are at risk of a £50,000 fine, which has been handed out in the past.