SEG vision on protection and recovery of the European eel
In July 2020, SEG published our vision on the status of the European eel stock, and formulated our aspiration for recovery. In this text, we shift our focus to the management process, the effective implementation of the adopted policy, its objectives and achievements.
“Three decades ago, discussions began on what to do with the deteriorating state of the eel stock. Two decades ago, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) advised to compile a recovery plan for the sustainable exploitation of the eel stock across Europe. One decade ago, such a plan was adopted (the EU Eel Regulation 2007) and implemented in national Eel Management Plans. So where are we now, a decade after the implementation ‐ and where do we want to be after a second decade?“