An accounting system is required to evaluate the Dutch eel management plan and report it to the European Union in 2012.
IMARES develops this Red eel model using existing models, surveys and data. Dutch expertise and know-how of governments, universities, research institutes and companies contribute as well. The calculation method is also developed in collaboration with scientists from France, Germany and England where similar models are developed.
A first draft of the Red eel model is now ready. A population model for eel in which the growth rate, transformation into silver eels, and natural and anthropogenic mortality is included. The model also includes a geographic information system.