The American eel was the other focus of our research. This year AAROM looked up and down the Miramichi river for a parasite which has been proven to already have invaded the Saint John river system. However after catching 40 American eels, Dr. Michael Burt, taxonomist for UNB determined there was no parasite present in any of the samples. This year AAROM will expand the project to the Richibouctou and Bouctouche river systems and also attempt to traditionally angle American eels through the ice this winter.

American Eel