Accelerating the recovery of the European Eel

EU Recommendation for the Conservation of and Trade in Anguilla

EU Recommendation for the Conservation of and Trade in Anguilla spp. Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Johannesburg (South Africa), 24 September – 05 October 2016

Authors: European Union and its Member States

Extract from the document:

Illegal trade in all species/populations which are under some form of regulation is a particular concern. Based on regular analyses of CITES, customs and East Asian eel farming data, seizures and information from traders over the last five years, there is evidence of ongoing illegal eel trade from Europe, East Asia and Southeast Asia. In most seizure cases, identification through DNA analysis was required to verify the species in trade, as lookalike issues (combined with the complexities resulting from the various commodities in trade) make enforcement of any regulations for this taxonomic group a particular challenge.

i) documenting trade levels and possible changes in trade patterns following the entry into force of the listing of the European Eel in CITES Appendix II in 2009;

ii) compiling available data and information on the biology, population status, use and trade in each species, as well as identifying gaps in such data and information, based on the latest available data and taking account inter alia of the Red List assessments by the IUCN Anguillid Eel Specialist Group;

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