Another fish known here in Britain is the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Like cod and chips, jellied eels are a classic British dish. But jellied eels are so far out of fashion now that I’ve never eaten them or been offered the chance to eat them. If you don’t mind his swearing, and you don’t mind watching slaughter, you might like to see what another celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay says about jellied eels.
A. anguilla has become rare. My fellow blogger petrel41 tells us that British eels are disappearing and that it’s not clear why. Those which are still swimming might be helpful, though. As well as breeding the next eel generation there’s evidence that they eat the American signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus). The signal crayfish was introduced into British waters when it escaped from fish farms and it’s now displacing our native white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes).