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 December 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 being designed so that those holding a SEG Certificate are making a positive contribution 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 February 2018.
How you can contribute:
Timetable for the review:
Please note that due to the number and quality of comments received on the first draft (thank you!) we are about 3 months behind our original timetable.  We now expect to publish the new standard in February 2018.
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
September 2017
Review Panel and SEG Leadership team meets (may be virtual or by correspondence) to consider further amendments following consultation
1 December  2017
Publish second version for 30 days’ consultation
Early January 2018
Review Panel meets to consider further amendments following consultation
January 2018
Correspondence with consultees to explain how comments have been used
February 2018
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.