Electromagnetic Field Impacts on American Eel Movement and Migration from Direct Current Cables.

Lead/Team: J. King, Z. Hutchison, P. Sigray and A. Gill.

This study provided a scientifically robust analysis of the effects of electromagnetic fields associated with the HVDC Cross Sound Cable (Long Island Sound) on the American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) in accordance with the following Tasks: 1) Test Methodology on American Eel; 2) Field Survey (Study) – American Eel; 3) Processing of field data; and 4) Project Management and Coordination. This study will characterize the effects on the migrational behavior of eels in test enclosures and in the wild using acoustic tracking technology. Also being investigated is whether behavioral changes would be likely to produce impacts at the population level.

Funder: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.