Brussels, June 20, 2018.
Action is needed to tackle the smuggling that is threatening the survival of eels, Europe’s most common freshwater fish, experts said at a special event at the European Parliament in Brussels on June 20.
The Save the European Eel event gathered MEPs, EU officials, eel scientists and representatives from Europol and the Spanish enforcement authorities to look at the illegal eel trade and the impact of trafficking on European stocks.
The event was moderated by Andrew Kerr, Chairman of the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG), the alliance of European-wide conservation, industry and science representatives working to help eel stocks recover. “The illegal eel trade is like a modern-day ivory market: secretive, big-money smuggling that threatens the very survival of the species,” he said. “The situation now is a big, tragic mess.”