Yellow eel ecology. After Metamorphosis. Staging in estuaries/river mouths Later by increasing latitude (March-May) Size 50-70 mm (increases with latitude) Movement upstream related to tidal height, temperature(10-12) and temperature differential (river and bay), and discharge
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High site fidelity - short time (GA, VA, NE); multi years (VA)
Range Size – greater in FW than brackish (GA), seasonal
migrations in FW; VA mountain year-round residents
may vary with food availability, habitat type, density
individuals often largest predators and eels comprise significant proportion of total fish biomass in a community
Diet opportunistic, related to availability and eel size - larger eels, larger prey