Sargasso Sea Eel Expedition 1979

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The Sargasso Sea Eel Expedition of the German research vessels Anton Dohrn and Friedrich Heincke studied eels [Anguilla spp.] in the North Atlantic, February to May 1979. The two ships were provided by the Federal Republic of Germany, and the expedition was organized by International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the European Inland Fishery Advisory Committee. Leading the expedition was one of the world’s most renowned eel scientists, German biologist Friedrich-Wilhelm Tesch. Collections of adult eels, larvae, and eggs were made during the expedition by using different methods of trawling for roughly 111 hours during the period of March 7 to April 23. Observations were also made concerning deep sea fishes, invertebrates, and flora in the region.


  • Tesch, F.-W. (1982.) The Sargasso Sea Eel Expedition 1979. Helgolander Meeresuntersuchungen 35 (3), 263-277. doi:10.1007/BF02006135
  • Kracht, Rudiger; Tesch, Friedrich-Wilhelm (1981). Progress report on the eel expedition of R. V. 'Anton Dohrn' and R. V. 'Friedrich Heincke to the Sargasso Sea 1979. Env. Biol.Fish. 6 (3/4) 371-375.

Date Range

1979 - 1979


  • Eels
  • Ichthyology
  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Sargasso Sea
  • Atlantic Ocean


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