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Act NOW: tell the European Commission to keep our water law strong!

#ProtectWater A lot of things go into making your favourite beer, but it all starts with good quality water. But Europe’s water sources are deteriorating …

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“Largest Wildlife Crime in Europe”, Natural History Museum, London

You are probably completely unaware of the largest wildlife crime in Europe By Josh Davis First published 11 October 2018 on nhm.ac.uk Europe’s largest wildlife …

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SEG’s Annual General Meeting 04 October 2018

AGM on 04 October 2018 in Brussels Click for Agenda Click for AGM Report 2018 Click for Chairman’s presentation Click for AGM Minutes

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SEG Standard available in 4 languages (FRA, GER, NL, ENG)

The SEG Standard, Version 6.0, valid from 21 June 2018 is available in the following languages. Please click language to download pdf documents!        Please …

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European eel found in Japanese eel dishes

European eel found in Japanese eel dishes According to news and Japanese Yahoo! (headlines.yahoo.co.jp), European eel (Anguilla anguilla) was found in eel dishes of food …

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Eels on Japanese market are not traceable!

Study by GREENPEACE Japan reveals that the majority of the eels sold in Japan are not traceable The study shows that “for 11 of 16 …

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Partnership Working at Cyfarthfa Park Lake, Wales, gives the Critically Endangered European Eel hope for the future

Conservation groups get together to give a new home to the critically endangered European Eel at Cyfarthfa Park Lake, Merthyr Tydfil.   Media Release    …

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New publication by W Dekker on history of commercial eel fisheries

The history of commercial fisheries for European eel commenced only a century ago Source: Fisheries Management and Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12302 Authors: Dekker W Abstract. The stock of …

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Assessment of the eel stock in Sweden, spring 2018

In summer 2018, all EU-members will report to the EU-Commission on the status of their eel stocks, and the effect of their national Eel Management …

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New publications on Leptocephali abundance & drift

Modeling the drift of European (Anguilla anguilla) and American (Anguilla rostrata) eel larvae during the year of spawning Journal: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic …

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Greenpeace Japan: Eel sourcing “like a black box”

Greenpeace Japan: Eel sourcing “like a black box” By Chris Loew source: seafoodsource.com June 26, 2018. Greenpeace Japan is highlighting the prevalence of illegally-sourced eel …

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New study compares stocking glass eels and farmed eels

Bigger is better in eel stocking measures? Comparison of growth performance, body condition, and benefit-cost ratio of simultaneously stocked glass and farmed eels in a …

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Experts call for EU action to tackle the illegal eel market

Experts call for EU action to tackle the illegal eel market ‘Save the European Eel’ event at European Parliament examined eel smuggling Brussels, June 20, …

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Die Sustainable Eel Group veröffentlicht neuen Standard für eine verantwortliche Aalwirtschaft

21 Juni 2018. Die Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) hat den neuen SEG Standard für die bestmögliche Praxis für die kommerzielle Aalwirtschaft veröffentlicht. Der SEG Standard …

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New standard for a Responsible Eel Sector published

READ press press release in FRANCAIS and DEUTSCH 21 June 2018. The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) has published a new standard for best practice in …

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Nouvelle norme pour un secteur des anguilles responsable publiée

21 juin 2018. Le Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) a publié une nouvelle norme concernant les meilleures pratiques dans le secteur du commerce de l’anguille. Cette …

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Japan, South Korea, Taiwan to maintain current glass eel quotas

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan to maintain current glass eel quotas By Undercurrent News June 11, 2018 Japan, South Korea and Taiwan agreed in Tokyo on …

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Japan, South Korea and Taiwan discuss tighter restriction on eel catches

Japan, 08 June 2018. Delegates from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have agreed to set up a conference that would look into tighter restrictions on …

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The real eel: a guide to eel farming

The real eel: a guide to eel farming Source: thefishsite.com Author: Rob Fletcher Date: 07 June 2018 Joost Blom, BioMar’s resident eel feed expert, sheds …

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Maine closes elver fishery

MAY 23, 2018 BY NICK WALKER Article was originally published @eeltown.org please click here for UPDATES BREAKING NEWS – Maine closes elver fishery   Very …

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SeafoodSource: NGOs support EU eel evaluation, urge species protections

NGOs support EU eel evaluation, urge species protections Article by: Chris Chase, seafoodsource.com Multiple NGOs – including Pew Charitable Trusts, WWF, and Good Fish Foundation – …

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SEG’s response to the European Commission’s Roadmap on the evaluation of the Eel Regulation

SEG’s response to the European Commission’s Roadmap on the evaluation of the Eel Regulation DOWNLOAD pdf document 11 May 2018. The eel stock all over …

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New LE MONDE article on glass eel trafficking

New LE MONDE article on glass eel trafficking You can download pdf file in English below: ENGLISH (google translated)  

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– Fish need to migrate! – Joint Statement for World Fish Migration Day 2018

Joint Statement, 21 April 2018 World Fish Migration Day (WFMD)     Fish need to migrate! Animals across the globe fly, swim, walk or drift …

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New report on the catch of Japanese glass eel and its import

CITES CoP 17 decided to investigate whether it is sustainable trade also for non-listed eel species (Dec 17.186-189). The Japanese eel is a non-listed species, …

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Roadmap on the evaluation of the eel regulation has been published

Roadmap on the evaluation of the eel regulation has been published Roadmaps aim to inform citizens and stakeholders about the Commission’s work to allow them …

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Trafficking Threatens Eel Recovery

Trafficking Threatens Eel Recovery Sustainable Eel Group, 06 April 2018 Recent successful operations mounted by Spanish and Portuguese Police, with support from Europol, have brought …

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New SEG report: Eel Restocking for Conservation Hits Difficulties

New SEG report: Eel Restocking for Conservation Hits Difficulties It is 10 years since the EU Regulation to protect and restore the European eel stock …

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Biggest glass eel seizure ever in Portugal!

ASAE makes the biggest seizure ever in Portugal 28 March 2018 – 17:19 by Paulo Moreira Mesquita Translated by google itools. Please click here for …

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EU Fails to Prevent Illegal Eel Trafficking

EU Fails to Prevent Illegal Eel Trafficking Reader Contribution by PR Newswire | 3/23/2018 11:51:00 AM original article published at motherearthnews.com The Sustainable Eel Group …

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TRAFFIC report highlights significance of eel trade from North Africa

EASTWARD BOUND. Analysis of CITES-listed flora and fauna exports from Africa to East and Southeast Asia Eel related information were extracted from (click title for …

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Criminals Trafficked 110 Million Eels to Asia so far this Season

available languages (please click) German Spanish French English Dutch Sustainable Eel Group (SEG): Criminals Trafficked 110 Million Eels to Asia so far this Season The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) calls …

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Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet (Catherine Bearder @MEP4wildlife)

Wildlife trafficking is crippling the planet Please read the full article on EURACTIV.COM EXCERPT (…) Here in Europe, we have our own critically endangered species. …

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Catches in A japonica remain super low and prices extremely high

Higher prices expected amid plunge in glass eel catches in Japan asianews.network TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) – Catches of glass eel, or juvenile Japanese eel, …

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SEG’s response to CITES review of Appendix II listing (European eel)

CITES Review of the implementation and  effectiveness of the Appendix II listing of the European eel (Notification No. 2018/018, 1 February 2018) https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2018-018.pdf https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2018-018-A1.docx https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2018-018-A2.docx …

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East Asia’s glass eel catch falls from 60 tons to 1

East Asia’s baby eel catch falls from 60 tons to 1 Industry fears ‘the start of complete resource depletion’ TAKUMI SASAKI, Nikkei staff writer Source: …

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NEW Report on the scale eel trafficking released

Quantifying the illegal trade in European glass eels (Anguilla anguilla): Evidences and Indicators SEG-Report:2018-1-V1 Preamble. The brief report summarizes recent findings and available information in …

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Japan might face record low in glass eel catches

Japan Facing Extremely Poor Catches of Baby Eels Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Catches of juvenile Japanese eels have been extremely low in the current fishing …

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Video footage from Police Operations

Operation BLACK GLASS 2016, Guardia Civil/SEPRONA from Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) on Vimeo. Operation ABAIA 2017, Guardia Civil/SEPRONA from Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) on Vimeo.

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JWCS highlights trafficking in Japanese eels within East Asia

Source: Japan Wildlife Conservation Society (JWCS) https://www.jwcs.org/en/themes/species/ There is strong demand for eel in Japan, and the cooked item known as “kabayaki” is sold even …

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Man arrested for trafficking 65 kg of glass eels from Tarifa, Spain to Morocco

Official police press release Detenido un hombre que pretendía traficar con 65 kg de anguilas (pressdigital.es) La Guardia Civil interviene 65 kgrs. de anguilas vivas …

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Habitat preferences of the critically endangered European eel

Habitat preferences of the critically endangered European eel 22nd December 2017 Read original Article on insideecology.com Tom Fort, in his fascinating ‘The Book of Eels’, …

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EU agrees to accelerate the recovery of the European eel

EU agrees to accelerate the recovery of the European eel 13 December 2017 Today, after all-night negotiations, Member States reached a political agreement on a …

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+++ LIVE! AGRIFISH decision: Eel fishing ban 09/2018-01/2019 +++

07:55 CET: Live press conference, now available as stream here 08:00 CET: Good morning, as we understood from the AGRIFISH press conference, marine eel fishing …

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1:50 PM CET – Eel ban likely to be rejected by EU ministers

Eel ban likely to be rejected by EU ministers — By Kait Bolongaro, POLITICO 12/11/17, 1:50 PM CET A European Commission proposal to ban eel …

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Trafficking makes eels ‘as valuable as cocaine’

Trafficking makes eels ‘as valuable as cocaine’ by Lewis Smith iNews Black market trafficking of eel is soaring with the critically endangered fish so valuable …

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Have your say on the SEG Standard

The Sustainable Eel Group has launched a public consultation on the second draft of the sixth version of its Standard, a Code of Practice for …

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Stakeholder reactions to EC’s proposed eel fishing ban

On 11 and 12 December 2017, European fishery ministers will meet for Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) to discuss and decide about a new eel …

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Mystery of the eel: Europe’s own ivory trade

Mystery of the eel: Europe’s own ivory trade By Paola Tamma | EURACTIV.com The European Commission has proposed a ban on eel fishing in the …

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CITES will discuss two documents on eel trafficking in Geneva

On Thursday 30 Nov 2017, the CITES Standing Committee will discuss documents SC69Doc.47.1 and SC69Doc.47.2 in Geneva Please access the documents here: SC69Doc.47.1 SC69Doc.47.2

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SEG Calls to Launch an Evaluation of the EU Eel Regulation

SEG Calls on EU Council of Ministers to Mandate the Commission to Launch an Evaluation of the EU Eel Regulation 21 November 2017 Download the …

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Eels in Japan; Habitat status, aquaculture and trade in Japan. November 2017

Eels in Japan; Habitat status, aquaculture and trade in Japan Japan Wildlife Conservation Society November 2017   Download full document in English Download full document in …

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SEG’s statement on the EC’s proposal concerning eel fisheries ban

07 Nov 2017. The Commissions’ proposal to stop eel fishing in marine waters will now go to the Fisheries Ministers in early December and on …

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European Commission published revised proposal on eel fishing ban

Brussels, 7.11.2017 COM(2017) 645 final Proposal for a COUNCIL REGULATION Fixing for 2018 the fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks and groups of fish stocks, …

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ICES WGEEL Report 2017 online (read executive summary)

The recruitment of European eel from the ocean remained low in 2017. The glass eel recruitment compared to the 1960 –1979 was only 1.6% in …

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CITES statement on sustainable use of wildlife

At CMS in Manila a joint statement with CITES has been published. “CITES is a legally binding international agreement that regulates international trade in wildlife. …

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Historic weir bypass opens to help fish reach habitat for first time in over 170 years

13 October 2017. Ribble Rivers Trust have celebrated the completion of their river improvement project on the River Hyndburn which will allow migrating salmon, trout and …

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EU submits a list of 49 eel seizures to CITES

Original language: English SC69 Doc. 47.2 CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA Sixty-ninth meeting of the Standing Committee Geneva …

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EU countries throw out Baltic Sea eel ban

EU countries throw out Baltic Sea eel ban Source: Kait Bolongaro, POLITICO 10/10/17, 6:48 AM CET LUXEMBOURG — EU countries today struck out a proposal …

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Updates about dam removal activities in Europe

Knowledge network On 25 & 26 September we, jointly with the Environment Agency of England and the Severn River Trust, organized a workshop on Dam Removal …

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SEG calls for the establishment of an International body for Eel Management

On 9-10 October, EU Fisheries Ministers are provisionally scheduled to consider adoption of a European Commission proposal (1) which would ban eel fishing in the …

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A fishing ban will not safe the eel

A fishing ban will not safe the eel “Forskningen säger ja till fiskeristopp för ål” [Science says YES to a ban on eel fishing] was …

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European Eel Regulation – 10th anniversary but no cause for celebration

European Eel Regulation – 10th anniversary but no cause for celebration The European Eel has come sharpely into focus this month with the European Commission’s …

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SLU Aqua´s comments on the EU Commission proposal for a fishing ban on eel in the Baltic Sea

SLU Aqua´s comments on the EU Commission proposal for a fishing ban on eel in the Baltic Sea PUBLISHED: 31 AUGUST 2017 Following a multi-decadal …

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Series of eel seizures was conducted in Mainland China last spring

As far as we can identify from Chinese websites, the following seizures were conducted in Spring 2017 in Mainland China: On 24 March 2017, Guangzhou …

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NSAC advice concerning the state of the European eel

Letter to the Director General of Fisheries Concerning the State of the European Eel  DOWNLOAD NSAC Advice Ref.13-1617 This advice was approved by the NSAC …

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North Africa as a source for European eel following the 2010 EU CITES eel trade ban

North Africa as a source for European eel following the 2010 EU CITES eel trade ban author: Vincent Nijman source: Marine Policy 85 (2017) 133–137 …

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SEG’s perspective on EC’s announcement to ban eel fishing in the Baltic Sea

London, 31 August 2017. The European Eel is the most wide-spread fish stock in Europe, an appreciated food resource, and an important element in biodiversity …

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ICES WKEELDATA REPORT 2017 online!

ICES WHEELDATA REPORT 2017 Executive Summary. A Workshop on Designing an Eel Data Call (WKEELDATA), (chaired by: Caroline Durif, Norway), met in Rennes, France, from …

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New Zealand: Project aims for sustainable eel farming

Project Tuna Investigating the potential for an eel aquaculture industry original article at ruraldelivery.net Eel aquaculture has been the subject of debate in New Zealand …

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North Sea cod stocks to be labelled as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council for the first time in 20 years

Sustainable British cod on the menu after stocks recover Excerpt. “Stocks of cod in the North Sea were once one of the world’s great fisheries …

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VIDEO series on eel fishing, consumption, restocking and trade (ARTE television)

ARTE video series: “Anguilles: l’entrange trafic d’un poisson pas comme les autres” Direction: Marcus Pfeil, Stephan Arapovic Author: Marcus Pfeil Episodes (click pics to play episodes) …

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‘Eelevator’ project gives American eels a lift

‘Eelevator’ project gives American eels a lift An “eelevator” designed and built by a team including Cornell researchers is helping American eels survive their harrowing …

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Improving yellow eel upstream movements with fish lifts

Improving yellow eel upstream movements with fish lifts Authors: Santos JA, Rivaes R, Oliveira J, Ferreira T JOURNAL OF ECOHYDRAULICS, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/24705357.2016.1234341 Abstract: Fragmentation of …

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PROTECT THE EELS! (Video)

‘Protect The Eels’ is a film made by Pinch Me! Productions. It is an animated journey into the hidden ecologies of the River Avon as …

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

Nueva Vizcaya, the Philippines, May 2017–80 representatives from local Customs and enforcement agencies attended a workshop on “Effective law enforcement implementation to avert illegal trade …

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

ICES Special Request Advice Northeast Atlantic Published 8 May 2017 sr.2017.08 EU request to provide advice on fisheries-related anthropogenic impacts on eels in EU marine …

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UK glass eel season coming to an end

Season coming to an end the big tides pushed the elvers over Tewkesbury weir that means a massive escapement for them most will survive now …

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

view original article in dutch Translation by Google, edited Dutch authorities seize 72 kg glass eel at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam 2017-04-17. Inspectors from the Dutch …

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

Las Tramas del cristal negro: el tráfico de angulas se sofistica read original article in Spanish on eldiario.es automatically translated by Google translate “Suculenta”, “Suculencias”, “Black …

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Report on eel trafficking on BBC Midlands Today (12.04.2017)

 “There are fears that smugglers might target baby eels on the River Severn after the UK Border Force uncovered the first large incident of smuggling. …

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

Restocking in state Brandenburg provides 6 Million eels for the goals of the Elbe River Eel Management Plan (Germany) 12 April 2017. Between March and …

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BBC video on trafficking in European eels

Baby eels living in the River Severn are being targeted by smugglers. Thousands of elvers were released into the river three years ago pic.twitter.com/ByqrH3Xbrn — …

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Important telemetry study: Movement of dead fish in rivers

Movement of dead fish in rivers Authors: Havn TB, Økland F, Teichert MAK, Heermann L, Borcherding J, Sæther SA, Tambets M, Diserud OH, Thorstad EB Source: Animal …

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Programme International Eel Science Symposium (13-15 June 2017)

Tuesday 13 June 2017 Session Chair: TBC Session 1 ‘Setting the Scene’ 09:30 Andy Don Environment Agency (UK) Welcome from the Symposium Steering Group 09:40 …

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

The slippery world of eel smuggling, Europe’s illegal and booming trade Author: Joe Shute Source: The Telegraph ,12.03.2017 Last week when Border Force officials apprehended …

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

Dismantlement of an international organization devoted to the illegal trade in elvers/ baby eels Ministerio Del Interior EUROPOL Dirrección General De La Guardia Civil The …

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Trafficking route from Spain via Italy and Greece to Hong Kong

According to Spanish Newspaper El Pais, the Spanish company Angulas y Mariscos Roset from Tarragona in Spain operated the trade network with partners near Athens …

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

17 arrested for smuggling glass eels worth EUR 10 million 08.03.2017 EUROPOL Thanks to @Europol @guardiacivil 17 arrested for smuggling glass eels to Asia worth …

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

Man arrested in Chessington for ‘trying to smuggle 600,000 live endangered eels’ at Heathrow Author: Rachel Dickerson Source: The Guardian The eels were hidden under …

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How to Contribute to the SEG Standard Review

Can you help the recovery of the European Eel? How to contribute to the review of the Sustainable Eel Standard 24 February 2017     …

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

See below the views of Eel leaders drawn from Science, Conservation and Commercial interests who are all working together for the recovery of the European …

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

Letter from Le Comité national des pêches maritimes et des élevages marins  (CNPMEM) concerning traceability in European eels   French professional fisheries: a strong link …

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Major police operation across Europe smashed international eel trafficking network

Thousand euros per kilo earnings from Trafficking Article by ΙΩΑΝΝΑ ΜΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Greece 07 February 2017  (translated by Google Translate, edited by A Kerr) Serious charges for …

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History of publications concerning glass eel trafficking

2017-12-15 Prison avec sursis et amendes pour trafic de civelles agrisalon.com 2017-12-15 Two men sentenced in baby eel trafficking scheme bangordailynews.com 2017-12-08 Des braconniers de …

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

Watch the video presentation (44min) by Willem Dekker at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, October 2016: “Our eel stock, is it slowly drying up?”

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Spanish police operation against glass eel trafficking

The environmental unit of the Spanish Guardia Civil, SEPRONA ran a major police operation and arrested a Spanish glass eel trader. Read the story here …

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

Eel research at Wageningen will be further expanded in 2017. Wageningen University & Research has started a public-private partnership within the Agri & Food top …

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SEG Announces review of Sustainable Eel Standard

Summary The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) announces today, Monday 16 January, that we are reviewing and improving the ‘Sustainable Eel Standard’ (SES) in 2017.  We …

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

Sushi barcoding in the UK: another kettle of fish Authors: Vandammen SG, Griffiths AM, Taylor S-A, Di Muri CD, Hankard EA, Towne JA, Watson M, …

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Management of the eel is slipping through our hands!

Management of the eel is slipping through our hands! Distribute control and orchestrate national protection Author: Willem Dekker source: ICES Journal of Marine Science (2016) …

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

Illegal fishing: one in six fish estimated to be caught illegally By Heather Chinn on fish2fork.com For every six tonnes of seafood taken from the …

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Progress review on the artificial glass eel production for Japanese eel

Progress review on the artificial glass eel production and the nutritional research for Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica by Hamidoghli A,  Bai SC, Leea S, Kim …

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

This is the first call for papers for the First International Eel Science Symposium. Closing date for submissions – 31st December 2016. The Symposium aims to …

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A look at the global eel trade from a Japanese perspective

Excellent read on illegal glass eel trade from a Japanese perspective! @TRAFFIC_WLTrade @thedmbaker @EelGroup https://t.co/TpJ3Wwvvzi — F.Stein (@Steinbutt) December 3, 2016 A look at the …

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Did aluminium contamination caused the eel stock decline?

The Eeluminium Project: A new hope for saving the European eel population from extinction A new hypothesis: Could the decline in eel numbers be due …

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Exploring the Challenge of First-Feeding European Eels in Captivity

Exploring the Challenge of First-Feeding European Eels in Captivity DENMARK – Rearing European eels in captivity throughout their life cycle in a complex task, hampered …

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Is glass eel migration guided by pheromones of conspecifics?

Donor life stage influences juvenile American eel Anguilla rostrata attraction to conspecific chemical cues Authors: Galbraith HS, Blakeslee CJ, Schmucker AK, Johnson NS, Hansen MJ, …

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River Severn to benefit from £19.4 million funding boost

River Severn to benefit from £19.4 million funding boost Almost £20 million has been granted to a scheme that aims to open up miles of …

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

“Freshwater habitats – such as lakes, rivers and wetlands – carry immense importance for life on Earth. Freshwater accounts for only 0.01 per cent of …

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7 men plead guilty for illegally trading American eels

Seven Men Plead Guilty for Illegally Harvesting and Selling American Eels Between the dates of October 4 and October 6, seven individuals pleaded guilty in Federal …

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Major police operation across Europe smashed international eel trafficking network

Thousand euros per kilo earnings from Trafficking Article by ΙΩΑΝΝΑ ΜΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Greece 07 February 2017  (translated by Google Translate, edited by A Kerr) Serious charges for …

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

New ICES WGEEL REPORT reveals that 37.3% of the declared European glass eel catches in 2015/2016 “disappear” with unknown destination   Conclusions to glass eel …

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

ICES WGEEL REPORT 2016 ICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE ICES CM 2016/ACOM:19 REF. ACOM, WGRECORDS, SSGEF, FAO, EIFAAC, GFCM Report of the Working Group on Eels (WGEEL) …

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The long and dangerous road to the Sargasso Sea

Empirical observations of the spawning migration of European eels: The long and dangerous road to the Sargasso Sea Authors: Righton D, Westerberg H, Feunteun E, …

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Pollutants in consumers of eel from polluted rivers compared to marketable eel

Accumulation of persistent organic pollutants in consumers of eel from polluted rivers compared to marketable eel Authors: van den Dungen MW, Kok DE, Polder A, …

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

the EU draft decisions contain: promote international or regional cooperation on a species-by-species basis, including the  convening  of  regional  meetings  to  discuss  how  to  fill  …

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

The Symposium aims to provide a global forum for scientists and researchers to present the latest data and initiatives on the biology and management of …

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SEG Defining the Intended Change (Theory of Change Model)

Theory of Change Model

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The SEG Vision
Healthy wild 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

SEG Mission
Provide the respected leadership alliance that enables and promotes the joined up conservation and management of the eel in the Member States of Europe and beyond, linking all interests in an open and effective process to achieve SEG’s Vision.

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

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The ICES Workshop on Eel Stocking (WKSTOCKEEL), chaired by Derek Evans, UK, met in Toomebridge, N. Ireland, UK, 20–24 June 2016. This workshop …

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Illegal trade in European eels highlighted by the European Commission

On 08 September 2016, C. Griffin, Wetlands International (Conservation leader for SEG) and F. Stein (SEG) participated at the ‘Workshop on Delivering and Enforcing the …

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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 – …

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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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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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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 MEP Serrão Santos (Video) Presentation Willem Dekker (PDF) Presentation …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 on 21 October 2014 it indicates that some EU members states have been slow to implement conservation measures in their Eel Management Plans, and says “More attention should be given to management measures related to non-fishing anthropogenic mortality factors”, including hydropower and pumping stations, habitat loss or degradation, pollution, diseases and parasites – “the majority of which have only been partially implemented by member states.”

The report goes on to explain the difficulties of measuring eel population and concludes that there is an urgent need ‘for solid estimates’ and a new estimation of stock indicators.

Andrew Kerr, SEG Chairman said “Following the huge increases of glass eel recruitment to the Bay of Biscay and the River Severn in 2013 and 2014, SEG believes nature has been unable to make best use of this abundance because so many natural eel migration pathways remain blocked. The translocation of 90 million plus eel in 2014 as a restocking conservation measure, whilst being highly commendable, cannot be regarded as a lasting or sustainable solution.

Overall, SEG welcomes the fact that the debate is no longer centred on fishery restrictions (we strongly believe that the best solutions for the eel’s recovery require a vibrant sustainable fishery across Europe) and that further research will be conducted to give a more accurate picture of eel populations.”

The full report is available here

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OUT NEW: SEG 2014 Newsletter!

The latest SEG newsletter has just been published hereCover

It includes all the latest news about the huge recruitment of glass eels this year, SEG’s emergency relocation activities, and research updates.

We hope you enjoy reading it!

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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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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 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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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 upriver.

Our first stop for the Severn elvers was the National Trust’s beautiful regional HQ at Attingham Park in Shropshire.

Bob Thurston of the National Trust addressed the crowds

Bob Thurston of the National Trust addressed the crowds

The National Trust team did an amazing job attracting the crowds and explaining how the number of elvers arriving in the Severn estuary this year is the biggest in 3 decades.

A hundred people – including dozens of excited youngsters – joined  the teams from SEG, the Severn Rivers Trust and the National Trust to welcome the elvers to their wonderful new home.

The youngsters loved helping the elvers!

The youngsters loved helping the elvers!

Conservation volunteers from Shrewsbury School

Conservation volunteers from Shrewsbury School

After re-homing 6,500 fish at Attingham Park we joined a team of conservation volunteers from Shrewsbury School, and thousands more fish were introduced to the Severn in front of the boathouse.

As always we had great support from the media. Our thanks to all for making a very memorable day!

Read more about it in the Shropshire Star and see the TV report on BBC Shropshire

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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 Conference slides June 2013

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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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TRAFFIC Report: Glass eels: assessing supply chain and market impacts of a CITES listing on Anguilla species

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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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‘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 thinking of this conference.

As the loss and degradation of wetlands continues to accelerate worldwide, innovative thinking and new partnerships are needed to capitalise on the role of ecosystems as natural water infrastructure. Wetlands deliver a wider range of services and benefits than corresponding manmade infrastructure – regulating water quantity, contributing to flood regulation, and increasing resilience to storms in deltas and coastal areas. While increasingly recognised for the goods and services they provide, wetlands are too often overlooked in favour of engineered solutions like dams and dykes.

To read more, the latest newsletter of Wetlands International is available to download via the link.

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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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Alain Crivelli reports on the value of salinity in decease control

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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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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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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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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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Treatment of export and import implications for European eels

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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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