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A correction factor for the shrinkage of total length and weight of European eels during freezing


Author's address: Janek Simon, Institute of Inland Fisheries e.V. Potsdam-Sacrow, Im Königswald 2, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany.



Total length (LT) and total weight (W) measurements of 2576 European eels (Anguilla anguilla) immediately after sampling and again after freezing and defrosting showed that freezing significantly reduced eel LT and W by 1.3 and 6.4%, respectively (P < 0.001). Two formulas for the correction of LT and W of eels after defrosting are given.