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Collecting juvenile eels

For aquaculture, juvenile eels must be caught from the wild and then grown in culture facilities. Eel aquaculture relies on the availability and sustainability of juvenile eel resources. Scientific research to date suggests availability of juvenile eel resources in Queensland are variable and conditional on the environment.

Juvenile eels are caught using nets in river basins associated with 23 rivers along the east coast of Queensland. Queensland commercial juvenile eel licences are limited by number (12), but each with no quota limit.

To ensure this resource is not over-exploited, the Queensland Government manages the collection of glass eels and does not permit their export. Heavy penalties apply. These controls are required for a sustainable industry.

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