Today (Wednesday 11 September) the European Parliament endorsed proposalals by Isabella Lövin to save the European eel. The Parliament calls for new legislation on eel recovery and for a proper evaluation on the controversial measure of restocking of baby eels.
The European eel is critically endangered. The amount of eels has decreased by more than 95 percent during the last three decades. In 2007 the EU adopted an eel recovery plan, but the measures have not been sufficient. As the current eel plan is being revised, the European Parliament supports the green proposal that the European Commission by 31 March 2014 shall present a new legislative proposal aimed at the recovery of the European eel, closing the loopholes in the current regulation which have facilitated overfishing and trade.
The European Commission shall, by 31 December 2013, present an evaluation of the eel re-stocking measures. Today baby eels are caught in one part of Europe and stocked in another country. There is lack of reliable scientific research that shows whether the restocked eels actually contribute to an increase in eels going back to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.
* The European Parliament’s press release, with links to documents: Parliament demands tougher rules to save the European eel stock
* The Green Group’s press release
* EuroparlTV: Saving European Eels