“After two special years, marked by disrupted air links, poachers want to recover, urges Michel Vignaud, in charge of migratory police and fisheries regulations at the French Biodiversity Office (OFB). Asian demand is strong, so we can expect some form of “catching up” in trafficking. “
SEG welcomes the Le Monde article by Thomas Saintourens describing the latest eel developments in France. Adding the context that many eel farms in SE Asia and China are empty and desperately short of glass eel. As 85% of eel aquaculture production (some 240,000 tons) is produced in this area, SEG is expecting a huge trafficking pressure to fall on European Eel. Demand could easily reach 200 million glass eels.
Read the full article in French here
Article translated into English below
Alors que son exportation est interdite hors Union européenne, l’alevin d’anguille, en danger d’extinction, est l’objet d’un intense braconnage à destination de l’Asie. Selon les autorités, le mode opératoire du trafic ressemble de plus en plus à celui de la drogue.