Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

Review of the SEG Standard 2017

Can you help the recovery of the European Eel?

How to contribute to the review of the Sustainable Eel Standard
Please Comment by 31 July 2017

The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) is reviewing the SEG Standard which describes the standards to which those who trade in the European Eel must comply if they wish to claim to be doing so responsibly.

The Standard was last updated in 2013.  The aim of the Standard is to assist the recovery of the European Eel, which is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.

The full aims of the new Standard are:

to maximise the contribution of eel fishers, ranchers, aquaculturalists, traders and consumers of eel products to the restoration of healthy eel populations, distributed throughout their natural range, fulfilling their role in the aquatic environment and supporting sustainable use for the benefit of communities, local economies and traditions.

The Standard is beeing designed so that those holding a SEG Certificate are making a net benefit to eel populations. Traceability of the fish throughout the supply chain is an essential part of the scheme and will contribute to the elimination of the illegal trade.

SEG is inviting all stakeholders involved with the Standard and the many people and organisations working for the recovery of the European Eel to contribute, with the aim of publishing a new Standard in November 2017.

How you can contribute:

  • The current Standard can be viewed from the SEG Website in English and in French.
  • The new draft standard can be viewed here. A future version will be provided in French.
  • To make any comments please complete this simple form and send it to: by 31 July 2017.

Timetable for the review:

Date Activities
January 2017 Intention to review the Standard and how people can engage published.  See the announcement of 16 January 2017.
February 2017 Review started.  Comments invited on the existing Standard from users and interested parties
March 2017 SEG Leadership Team met to re-affirm objectives for the Standard in line with the Theory of Change.
Early June 2017 1st draft Version 6 published for 60 days’ consultation
16 June 2017 Consultation at SEG Conference, London
July 2017 Consultation Events
Mid August 2017 Review Panel meets (may be virtual or by correspondence) to consider further amendments following consultation
Early September  2017 Publish second version for 30 days’ consultation
Mid October 2017 Review Panel meets to consider further amendments following consultation
October 2017 Correspondence with consultees to explain how comments have been used
Mid November 2017 New Standard (Version 6) published and available for use

The full procedure, describing how the SEG Standard will be reviewed, can be viewed here.
The SEG Theory of Change, which states our aims and objectives, and informs the purpose of the Standard is available here.
SEG is also going through the process to become a member of the ISEAL Alliance.  This review will also support SEG’s aims under ISEAL Membership.

The process for consultation, comments received and how they have been considered is published here.