Mediterranean European eel programme launched
A programme to strengthen co-ordination of stock management and recovery of the European eel in the Mediterranean has been put into operation by GFCM. Image: GFCM

Mediterranean European eel programme launched

The General Fisheries Council of the Mediterranean has teamed up with scientific partners in nine countries to launch the first research programme on European eel in the Mediterranean Sea, aiming…

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Over five tonnes of smuggled glass eels seized in Europe this year
Arrests have been made across Europe in the last year as Europol has co-ordinated action against eel smugglers. Image: Europol

Over five tonnes of smuggled glass eels seized in Europe this year

During the 2018-19 fishing season European law enforcement was able to seize 5789 kg of smuggled glass eels with an estimated value of €2000 per kilo. In total 154 suspected…

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Release highlights plight of European eels
Zac Goldsmith released European eels into the Thames to highlight the situation facing this endangered species

Release highlights plight of European eels

To highlight the struggle for this endangered species, Richmond Park and Kingston North MP Zac Goldsmith released European eels into the Thames with the leading eel conservation charity, the Sustainable…

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Flagship police action as EUROPOL hits eel smuggling gangs
The Spanish authorities, including Nature Protection Service SEPRONA have led the way in taking action on smuggling endangered eels. Image: Guardia Civil/SEPRONA

Flagship police action as EUROPOL hits eel smuggling gangs

Speaking at a press conference, representatives of enforcement agencies EUROPOL, the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit and Spain’s Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) have stated that 15 million endangered eels have…

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Landmark ruling: jail terms and fines for eel smugglers
SEPRONA investigations have resulted in heavy penalties for eel traffickers. Image Guardia Civil/SEPRONA

Landmark ruling: jail terms and fines for eel smugglers

The Spanish National Court has handed down five smugglers to a total of six years in prison and fines totalling €150 million for trafficking in European eels. The group have…

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