Definition of sand eel in English:

sand eel


  • A small elongated marine fish which lives in shallow waters of the northern hemisphere, often found burrowing in the sand.

    • ‘This unprecedented nesting failure is caused by starvation from the overnight disappearance of the small silvery sand eels the birds feed on.’
    • ‘Ices will also recommend zero hake catch in southern Biscay, a 55% reduction in plaice fishing and a 40% reduction of sand eel in the North Sea.’
    • ‘Another source of anger is that there have been no moves to reduce industrial fishing, the so-called ‘pariah of the North Sea’ which hoovers up vast quantities of sand eels as well as mature and immature fish.’
    • ‘As the sand eel fleet fishes entirely for industrial purposes, none of the fish will be consumed by humans and thousands of tonnes of white fish is being reduced to fish-meal on a daily basis, adding to the ongoing cod crisis in the North Sea.’
    • ‘Regarding flies, the sea trout you are hunting is a highly efficient ocean predator used to chasing sand eel, smaller fish fry and crustacea.’
    • ‘Under the plans which have been submitted to the EU, the Danes and Norwegians will be allowed to catch cod, whiting and haddock accidentally while fishing for sand eels which are processed and used for animal feed and fertiliser.’
    • ‘In Dorset, mackerel usually arrive in June, as they chase the sand eels and whitebait inshore, sometimes chasing them right up onto the beach.’
    • ‘He credits only the Danes for supporting Britain, though the end result did little harm to the main Danish interest in preserving an industrial fishery for sand eels, which is thought to harm North Sea cod stocks.’
    • ‘While it's too early to tell this year, he said, sand eel populations are low again so far.’
    • ‘Over-fishing of the birds' primary food source, the sand eel, is being blamed for the huge fall in numbers from 83,000 kittiwake 13 years ago to roughly 49,000 at present.’
    • ‘That is why the Scottish Fishermen's Federation is suggesting a 70% cut in the sand eel quota.’
    • ‘Wild fish caught for farm feed include herring, mackerel, sand eels and anchovies.’
    • ‘‘We're right over it,’ comes the shout from the wheelhouse, and our sand eels are soon plunging down into the depths.’
    • ‘The big fish are mostly taking either live sand eel or crab with most of the small fish being landed on spinners and plugs.’
    • ‘Terns skipped along on the breeze, pausing to hover over the shallows and occasionally to dive, emerging sometimes with a silver flash of sand eel in their beaks.’
    • ‘If the water is clear enough, try fly fishing for them with any fly that imitates something small and silvery like an elver or sand eel or small fish.’
    • ‘When chasing bass I would always want a few Clousers minnows in various colours especially chartreuse and white, some Lefty Kreh Deceivers, and a few sand eel patterns and poppers.’
    • ‘Other reasons for less salmon include Russian submarines breaking up and releasing radiation, industrial farming by Denmark for sand eels, and the proliferation of seals.’
    • ‘The crabs, which are natural scavengers, are being fed with dead sand eels and sprats in their tanks at Oceanworld, which is set to be their home for the immediate future as it offers them more protection than the wild.’
    • ‘The sand eels - which support the marine food chain from cod and mackerel to kittiwakes - are mainly hoovered up by the Danes, who use their oil to power electricity-producing generators, while the remains go into agricultural feeds.’


sand eel

/ˈsand ˌēl/