The European Parliament today debated improvements to eel sustainability in Europe, and released the following statement:
Parliament demands tougher rules to save the European eel stock
Plenary Session Press release – Fisheries − 11-09-2013 – 13:28
MEPs ask the Commission to evaluate current restocking measures by 31 December 2013, paying special attention to how much they really contribute to eel recovery. Restocking, a key feature of national eel management plans, involves adding eel from another source to existing populations. The results of this evaluation must feed into the Commission’s new legislative proposal which must aim, “with high probability”, to achieve the recovery of the European eel stock, says the voted text.
Furthermore, Parliament also voted to oblige EU member states to report more often on the impact of eel stock management measures: once every two years instead of once every sixth year. Member states which do not comply with the reporting and evaluation requirements would be obliged to halve their eel fishing effort.
The European eel’s decline is probably due, inter alia, to overfishing, pollution, obstacles to its migration up rivers or even changing ocean currents, as eel migrate from the ocean up rivers and back again. Attempts to reproduce eel in captivity have yet to achieve commercial success.
The resolution was approved by 427 votes to 249, with 25 abstentions.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading
REF. : 20130906IPR18862 Updated: ( 11-09-2013 – 14:49