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Protection of our Wolf Eels

in Saltstraumen Marine Park

2017-10-1610:59 Laila Lovise Johansen

The area in the Saltstraumen Marine Park including Sundstraumen is an ideal place for the wolf eel to reproduce. The wolf eel makes its home on rocky reefs and among stone bottom shelves where they lay their eggs. The strong current brings in fresh, cold, nutritious and oxygen-rich saltwater that is ideal for the eggs.

The wolf eel can reach an age up to 20 years. At the age of 6-7 years they start reproduce, at this age they are 50-60 cm long. The couple meet early in the year. The male stay and guards the eggs over 2-3 months and they are usually attached to one and the same place from year to year. Saltstraumen is known for its large wolf eels and we want to protect them for the future.

By protecting their reproductions area, the off springs can populate large areas outside the marine park and benefit all, both divers and fishermen. The dive clubs, dive centers and fishing centers in Bodø/Saltstraumen have agreed to respect a non-hunting policy in the area on the map below.

The tourist centers, dive clubs, dive center and fishing center in Bodø/Saltstraumen have agreed to respect a non-hunting policy in the area on the map.

Vebjørn Karlsen
Wolf Eel
Vebjørn Karlsen
Wolf Eel

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