Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

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(English) SEG welcomes TRAFFIC’s efforts against illegal eel trade in the Philippines!

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(English) ICES Special Request Advice concerning fisheries impacts on eels in marine waters

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(English) UK glass eel season coming to an end

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(English) Video report about eel trafficking on Spanish national TV rtve.se

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(English) ITV report on eel trafficking containing interview with SEG chairman Andrew Kerr

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(English) Dutch authorities seize 72 kg glass eel at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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(English) Las Tramas del cristal negro: el tráfico de angulas se sofistica

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(English) Report on eel trafficking on BBC Midlands Today (12.04.2017)

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(English) Restocking in state Brandenburg provides 6 Million eels for the goals of the Elbe River Eel Management Plan (Germany)

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(English) BBC video on trafficking in European eels

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(English) Important telemetry study: Movement of dead fish in rivers

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(English) Programme International Eel Science Symposium (13-15 June 2016)

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The slippery world of eel smuggling, Europe’s illegal and booming trade

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(English) Dismantlement of an international organization devoted to the illegal trade in elvers/ baby eels

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(English) Trafficking route from Spain via Italy and Greece to Hong Kong

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(English) 17 arrested for smuggling glass eels worth EUR 10 million from Europe to China

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(English) Man from Chessington caught with 600,000 live glass eels worth £1.2 Million on 15 February

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(English) How to Contribute to the SEG Standard Review

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(English) Mission Impossible Almost Achieved – working together to save the European Eel

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(English) Letter from Le Comité national des pêches maritimes et des élevages marins (CNPMEM) concerning traceability in European eels

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(English) Major police operation across Europe smashed international eel trafficking network

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(English) History of police operations against glass eel trafficking

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(English) “Our eel stock, is it slowly drying up?” – video presentation by Wille Dekker

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(English) Spanish police operation against glass eel trafficking

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(English) Dutch project (EELRIC) aims to develop methods for the propagation of eel

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(English) SEG Announces review of Sustainable Eel Standard

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(English) Commentary on study that reveals presence of 4 eel species in UK sushi

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(English) One in six fish estimated to be caught illegally (FAO)

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(English) Management of the eel is slipping through our hands!

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(English) Progress review on the artificial glass eel production for Japanese eel

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(English) Call for papers for the First International Eel Science Symposium (13-15 June 2017)

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(English) A look at the global eel trade from a Japanese perspective

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(English) Did aluminium contamination caused the eel stock decline?

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(English) Exploring the Challenge of First-Feeding European Eels in Captivity

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(English) Is glass eel migration guided by pheromones of conspecifics?

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(English) River Severn to benefit from £19.4 million funding boost

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(English) New ICES advice published: “European eel (Anguilla anguilla) throughout its natural range”

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(English) Living Planet Report 2016 reveals 81 % decline in LPI for freshwater species (1970-2012)

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(English) 7 men plead guilty for illegally trading American eels

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(English) Major police operation across Europe smashed international eel trafficking network

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(English) 37.3% of the declared European glass eel catches “disappear”

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(English) NEW Report of the Working Group on Eels (WGEEL)!

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(English) Two media articles following the “The long and dangerous road to the Sargasso Sea”

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(English) The long and dangerous road to the Sargasso Sea

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(English) Pollutants in consumers of eel from polluted rivers compared to marketable eel

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(English) SEG welcomes that EU draft decisions were accepted at CITES Cop 17!

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(English) Photos from the Mini Conference in London, 31 May 2016

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(English) The 1st International Eel Science Symposium ‘Science into Management’, 13-17 June 2017

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(English) SEG Defining the Intended Change (Theory of Change Model)

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(English) ‘More research needed’ – Report of the Workshop on Eel Stocking (WKSTOCKEEL)

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(English) Illegal trade in European eels highlighted by the European Commission

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(English) EU Recommendation for the Conservation of and Trade in Anguilla

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(English) Journal of Applied Ecology – Historical data to plan the recovery of the European Eel

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Eel larvae hatch at Wageningen University Campus

Wageningen University & Research Centre makes rapid progress in research into the artificial reproduction of eels. Wageningen, June 28, 2016. After a mere six months of …

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European eel management needs to be refocussed!

New article by Willem Dekker: “Management of the eel is slipping through our hands! Distribute control and orchestrate national protection” in ICES Journal of Marine …

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Fishermen welcome the dismantling of an important glass eels traffic!

Les Sables d’Olonne, 3rd of June 2016 Following the dismantling of a glass eels traffic, individuals in charge of a fish trading company operating in …

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Press Release: Dismantling of international traffic in glass eels

The French National Committee for Maritime Fisheries and Marine Fish Farming (CNPMEM) and the French National Committee for Freshwater Professional Fishing (CONAPPED) have formed a …

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SEG Conference 2016: illegal eel trafficking exposed

Overview of shared documents and presentations from the Conference, May 31, 2016 in Fishmongers Hall: Presentation Willem Dekker (PDF) Presentation Florian Stein (PDF) Presentation ISEAL …

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Police seizes criminal assets and arrests 9 in illegal eel trafficking operation

Concurrently with the SEG Conference on May 31st in London, where major evidence was presented exposing the extensive illegal trafficking of eels, the French police …

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Press Invitation: “The illegal Trafficking of Eels to Asia is Europe’s own Ivory Trade”

The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) has made an extensive study into the last 6 months of trade in glass eels and has identified a vast …

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SEG Conference: exposing illegal trafficking of European eels

On May 31, 2016, the Sustainable Eel Group will present the findings of extensive research and evidence of investigations of illegal trafficking of European eels …

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Illegal eel traders arrested in Madrid

Eight people have been arrested by the Guardia Civil, and another three are under investigation in connection with the illegal export of over 2.5 tons …

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Press release: Restocking is crucial in the European eels’ recovery

Eel Restocking across Europe in 2016 The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is among the most important fish species. It once represented over 50% of the …

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New method introduced to boost eel population

BBC published a video to show a new way conservationists in the West Country help baby eels navigate through rivers. Read the full article and …

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The battle against illegal trade continues

The Guardian’s Emma Bryce further investigates the illegal trade of European eel in a new article. Bryce wrote her first post on the topic in …

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Well attended eel conference in Germany

The German eel-organization, Initiative zur Förderung des Europäischen Aales e.V. (IFEA), organized a successful eel-conference in Potsdam, close to Berlin. Scientists, NGO’s, Government and industry …

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Germany Launches Eel Stewardship Fund

The German organization for the eel industry, Initiative zur Förderung des Europäischen Aals e.V. (IFEA), has started an eel fund. The International Eel Stewardship Fund® …

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Stop illegal trade and boost restocking

Last week The Guardian wrote an article about the large-scale, illegal European eel-trade. Every year tens of millions of juvenile eels disappear to Asia. Since …

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Guardian Environment blog on eel fishery

The Guardian blogger Emma Bryce wrote a blog about the European eel fishery and how it is beset by illegal trade. Bryce spoke with Andrew …

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New evidence published showing hydropower mortality and importance of translocation in Sweden

Hydropower turbines are largest cause of eel mortality in Sweden Most freshwater eels in Swedish waterways have been transported in from UK and France Critical …

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Ellie meets the Elvermen – BBC Countryfile looks at eel sustainability

The importance of sustainable eel practices was discussed in depth on the BBC’s flagship Countryfile show this week.   Presenter Ellie Harrison joined elvermen, the …

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Eel heroes recognised at SEG’s 5th anniversary conference

Five leading figures behind the development and progress of the sustainable eel movement were recognised during the SEG 5th Anniversary conference at Fishmonger’s Hall this …

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Despair turns to hope – European eel leaders told at SEG 5th Anniversary

The significant increases in elver recruitment in recent years, and the accelerating support for sustainability across Europe, are giving renewed hope for the eel – …

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BBC discuss eel migration

The BBC have again been out filming the work of SEG, this time discussing the great eel migration to Europe and the issues of blocked …

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ICES – ‘Fishery at current level probably has little direct influence on aquatic ecosystems’

ICES has reported three years in a row of increasing glass eel recruitment and illustrates that in the 2013 – 2014 season the levels attained …

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EU Commission report: “Address the Environmental Issues for eel recovery”

The latest European Commission report to the Council and European Parliament makes a strong call for further attention on environmental actions for the eel. Published …

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OUT NEW: SEG 2014 Newsletter!

The latest SEG newsletter has just been published here It includes all the latest news about the huge recruitment of glass eels this year, SEG’s …

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100,000 JUVENILE EELS INTRODUCED TO WILTSHIRE AVON IN EMERGENCY CONSERVATION BOOST

SEG has launched a major project with Bristol Avon Rivers Trust to increase the number of European Eels in the River Avon. Nearly 100,000 juvenile …

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SEG on Channel 4 ‘Food Unwrapped’

This week Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped programme interviewed SEG as part of an insightful film looking at jellied eel sales in the UK. SEG took …

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UK’s east coast sees huge increase in elver numbers

Following the huge increase in the number of elvers arriving in the UK’s western estuaries this year, reports have been published of a massive increase …

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SEG welcomes latest IUCN assessment

Welcoming the latest IUCN assessment of the European Eel, SEG Chairman Andrew Kerr said: “We are very encouraged by the IUCN’s detailed report, which finds …

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BBC film on huge increase in glass eel recruitment

A film showing the incredible increase in the number of glass eels arriving in the UK has appeared on the BBC’s flagship Springwatch programme. Having …

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Zac Goldsmith MP and Lord de Mauley support week of SEG restocking

Thousands of elvers restocked by Zac Goldsmith MP and Lord de Mauley, Environment Minister 90+ million juvenile eels rescued & re-homed across Europe   A …

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Restocking with the National Trust and Shrewsbury School

Having caught millions of fish for restocking in the Severn and Parrett estuaries last month, we’ve been concentrating on moving them over the barriers and …

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Eels in the News: Daily Telegraph is latest to tell SEG story

SEG’s restocking initiatives on the Parrett and Severn continue apace – and the media coverage continues! This morning’s Daily Telegraph has a big feature on …

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31 March – UK’s biggest ever initiative to help endangered eels

UK’s biggest ever initiative to help endangered eels starts on River Parrett on Monday night (31 March) Fishermen will try to catch 1 million baby …

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New research into European Eel predation

Important new research into predation of the European Eel Evidence on its marine migration has just been published. An abstract is below, the full report …

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New BBC film on Eel

The BBC’s Inside Out programme in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire ran an excellent film on eel this week. The show looked at the work of SEG, …

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SEG welcomes new EA paper “Delivering our Duties for Eel”

The Environment Agency has published a position paper ‘Delivering our Duties for Eel; our Ambition for Eel in England’ dated January 2014, which is available …

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Eels in the news… some recent stories from around the world

Eels have been making news all over the world recently for several different reasons, including Governments in North and Central America introducing new fishing controls. …

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Compelling research shows huge number of eels being killed by unscreened water pumps & turbines

“Pumping stations may significantly threaten escapement targets set in eel management plans” concludes a detailed study titled ‘Mortality of European eel after downstream migration through …

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“French catches offer promise of bumper year for threatened eel”

The national press in the UK have started to talk about the record numbers of glass eels that have been arriving in France recently. Articles …

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SEG 2013 Newsletter is published

All of the latest news and views on eel has been packed into the new 2013 SEG newsletter. Happy reading and have a great Christmas!

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Silver eel migration on BBC Autumnwatch

There was an excellent film on silver eel migration and the challenges of blocked migratory pathways last night on BBC Autumnwatch. Click here to link …

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RIVER TEME JOINS UK CAMPAIGN TO BOOST EEL POPULATION

The River Teme in Ludlow and surrounding waterways have received 25,000 juvenile eels in the latest SEG initiative to help eels return to abundance. On …

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Lincolnshire rivers welcome 20,000 new eels

The River Lymn and surrounding waterways welcomed 20,000 new juvenile eels yesterday as part of a major UK initiative to help eels return to abundance. …

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European eels return to River Segura, Spain

Media in Spain are reporting that eels have returned to the Segura River, South East Spain, for the first time in over 10 years. Full …

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South West kicks off major UK initiative to boost international eel population

A major £45,000 initiative to boost stocks of young eels in the UK launched at Blagdon Lake on Monday 30 September when 25,000 juvenile eels …

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Eel restocking on BBC1

The European Eel starred in the final episode of “Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival” last night on BBC1. In a programme dedicated to the UK’s Wetlands, …

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Seafoodsource.com: “Support grows for the European Eel”

SeafoodSource contributing editor Jason Holland has examined the issues facing the European Eel. In a detailed feature, he summarises: “There are many elements conspiring against …

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European Parliament debates sustainability of eel stocks

The European Parliament today debated improvements to eel sustainability in Europe, and released the following statement:   Parliament demands tougher rules to save the European …

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SEG project praised in BBC R4 programme on Sustainability

The work of SEG members on the River Severn was described as “amazing” today by a reporter on the BBC’s flagship ‘Shared Planet’ series on …

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“Developing the Sustainable Solution” presentation published

SEG’s rapid progress and achievements were outlined to the IFM European Eel Conference in London last month. The full presentation is now available London Eel …

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Revised Sustainable Eel Standard launched

Details of the revised Sustainable Eel Standard have been published as momentum grows across Europe Sustainable Eel Standard June 2013

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Full content of 2013 European Eel conference is published

Following the success of the European Eel Conference in London last month, the Institute of Fisheries Management has published all of the presentations that were …

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SEG in the News: Andrew Kerr chats to Chris Evans; Ben Fogle visits the Severn Estuary for the Elver Harvest

Nearly 10 million listeners of the BBC’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show learned all about the work of the Sustainable Eel Group this morning, when Chris …

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SEG HAILS UNITY OF BIGGEST EVER EUROPEAN EEL CONFERENCE

The largest ever conference of European academics, politicians and eel specialists has concluded in London with a resounding message from delegates – that the adoption …

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POLITICAL SUPPORT GROWS FOR SUSTAINABLE EEL PLANS

–          UK Minister echoes call for more action to help eels reach crucial inland waterways –          Record migration in 2013, but tiny ‘elvers’ still face …

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31 Dutch Farms and Smokehouses are presented with their SEG Certificates

On the 9th April Andrew and David presents 31 SEG Certificates to Dutch Farms and Smokehouses as three quarters of the Dutch trade demonstrates its …

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Eel Over the Dike

  DUPAN released over 4600 eels over dikes in North Holland and Zeeland.  See their full report here: http://www.dupan.nl/nl/nieuws/ruim-4-600-palingen-veilig–over-de-dijk–gezet/  

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Country Life Investigates the Eel

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‘Get the solutions flowing’ campaign launched!

Chairman, Andrew Kerr and SEG Member Alex Koelewijn were active participants in The ‘Get the solutions flowing’ campaign.  The Sustainable agenda was a high priority in the …

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The Wishing Eel and Other Grim Tales

Gill Macdonald has written a book entitled ‘ The Wishing Eel and Other Grim Tales’. Closely based on the Common Eel, the Wishing Eel is …

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Saving Species on BBC Radio 4

David Bunt talks to Radio 4 about the challenges facing the European Eel. You can listen to the interview here:  Saving Species

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IMPORTANT: Open Letter to members of PECH

The following letter has been sent to the 20 MEPs who make up the PECH Committee of the European Parliament: Dear (Member of  PESH – …

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The Rivers Trust E Newsletter

You can view the winter edition of the Rivers Trust E-Newsletter No. 24

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SEG Working Closely with French Colleagues

The SEG Chairman Andrew Kerr recently expressed support for conservation action in France. Letter to Madam le Minister: I am writing to introduce you to …

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European Aquaculture: the path for growth

The European Aquaculture Conference 2012 was held in La Coruña, Spain, on 23 November 2012. You can view presentations and proceedings from the conference by …

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Rivers Trust Living North Sea Conference

The eel featured strongly at the Rivers Trust Living North Sea Conference. Important papers on eels were presented by many SEG members. See living North …

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SEG meets the Regional Environment team from Catalonia

Jo Gascoigne from MacAlister Elliott the assessment body, Pilor Vila, Rodolfo Barrera, Jesus Gomet and Jordi Peris

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Ebro Delta

Spain’s famous Ebro Delta that still receives about 5 million glass eels each year – these are caught in sensitive fixed and hand nets and …

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SEG Chairman visit the German Eel Initiative October 2012

10 to 15 million eels are restocked in Germany each year. From left to right: Gert Gotting, Aal-Hof Gotting, Ronald Menzel, Dr. Uwe Brämick (ICES …

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SEG BBC Countryfile

SEG and Severn and Wye Smokery Schools restocking Programme featured on BBC Country File in September 2012 with Julia Bradbury and John Craven. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n85xh

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SEG on French and German TV with Sarah Wiener

SEG Chairman Andrew Kerr meets Sarah Weiner to explain the current situation regarding eels across Europe. Follow the link below to view the film on …

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Tour du Valat

SEG Chairman visited Tour du Valat March 2012 to meet Dr Alain Crevelli and to learn about their research into eels and Mediterranean lagoons

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Restocking in Juelsminde Fjord in Denmark

The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Henrik Høegh restocking Juelsminde Fjord in Denmark with 80,000 fish from Royal Danish Aquaculture. The Danish Minister …

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Meet the UK Chairman!

View an interview with the UK chairman – Andrew Kerr – on the Cotswold TV website.

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Eels released in project to stem population slump

Thousands of young eels have been released into a lake at the launch of a decades-long project to save the mysterious fish from a catastrophic population slump. …

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Restocking at Llangorse

PRESS RELEASE – 25,000 juvenile eels released into Llangorse Lake The European Eel has had a difficult few decades and numbers are right down from …

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Celebrity chef gets a wriggle on to save eels from extinction

Celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt has placed tanks containing 800 eels in his Monmouthshire restaurant in a bid to preserve a fish he says is in danger …

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Guilt-free eel for diners as new eco label is unveiled

New European standard aims to put pressure on retailers and caterers to buy fish only from sustainable sources. Read the full article on the Guardian …

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Conservation sub group meeting

Conservation Sub Group Meeting 3rd February 2011 The Conservation sub group met on the 3rd Feb at ZSL London to review progress on the eel …

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Tagging the eel

It’s an eerie night on the Loire River, in Western France, and we’re on the trail of a mysterious fish. The eel. But after 3 …

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Sustainable Eel Group: Development of a Habitat Improvement Strategy QUESTIONNAIRE

The Sustainable Eel Group is a charitable group that has been set up with the purpose of encouraging healthy eel populations, distributed throughout their natural …

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EU COM clamps down on eel exports

The eel population in EU waters has dropped by more than 99 percent in just a few decades, and a campaign to reach 40 percent …

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Eels assist Loch Ken crayfish fight

Eels could be given a key role in controlling the number of American signal crayfish on a Scots loch. Read the full article on the …

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The decline of the eel

Our rivers once teemed with eels but each year fewer make the 3,000-mile trip to get here. Jon Henley reports on the fight to save …

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Move to set standards for catching the endangered eel

A voluntary code of practice to protect eels from being overfished in Britain and the rest of Europe is expected to be in place by …

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Bypasses seal deal for eels to return to Britain

They are as fragile as their name suggests, yet glass eels survive being hurled about by terrifying storms as they evade sharp-toothed predators on a …

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Plight of eel tackled by new survey

For more than 30 years eels have taken a hammering as their migration up rivers has been blocked by a rash of concrete flood defences …

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Attempted eel breakout

A Tewkesbury man has photographed hundreds of elvers attempting to swim up the River Severn. John de Wet noticed the young eels at the Upper …

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Eel sustainability day with Severn & Wye Smokery, UK Glass Eels and Gloucestershire

Support our British Sustainable Eel Richard Cook – Severn and Wye Smokery My boy hood memories of the spring of the year revolve around the …

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Celebrity chef helps slippery school project

A CELEBRITY chef has taken time out from the kitchen to help Gloucester pupils with a slippery school project. Read the full article here

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Development of habitat improvement strategy

Project Proposal Create a conservation strategy with Sustainable Eel Group partners that identify habitat projects, which offer the most potential for improvement of eel escapement …

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Pro-Eel project aims for self-sustainable aquaculture

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has coordinated a EUR 5 million research project called PRO-EEL to reproduce the European eel in captivity. Read the …

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SEG Mission to Hamburg

On the 12 and 13th May delegates from the eel aquaculture industry from across Europe met for the first time ever under the Chairmanship of …

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Paul Eccleston’s article in Fish2Fork

Paul Ecclestone from fish2fork wrote this article following a visit to the Severn 2 May 2010 A full moon brings a racing tide and racing …

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Response from Japanese researcher on artificial propagation

Dear Dr Brian, I offer my apologies for the delay in replying to your e-mail of April 14. We had been awfully busy because so …

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Andrew Kerr on BBC Radio 4

View the article on the BBC website, or listen to Andrew’s interview on the Today program.

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Andy Don’s article in Restaurant Magazine

M&J Seafood has delisted European eel from its catalogue in response to the species being placed on the IUCN Red List of critically endangered species. …

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Europe’s eel stocks ‘under threat’ from export fishing

A campaign to save the eel, the continent’s most threatened common freshwater fish, may be breaking down because French fishermen are exporting too many baby …

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France exports millions of baby eels to China

I am writing to you as the Chairman of the recently formed Sustainable Eel Group. We are a partnership with members drawn from leaders of …

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Environment Agency takes action to protect the beleaguered eel

THE critically endangered European eel is being given a helping hand by the Environment Agency after Parliament stepped in to encourage the species’ recovery. Read …

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The French Eel Management Plan – will there be glass eels for restocking?

The French Eel Management Plan is an important element of the European Eel’s recovery programme as France controls 90% of the supply of baby eels …

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Chairman writes to CITES

Dear CITES Member I am writing to you as the Chairman of the recently formed Sustainable Eel Group. We are a partnership with members drawn …

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