Eels in crisis

W. Dekker

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    Abstract

    Do you know what a snig (English) is? or un pibale (French), een talletje (Dutch), snurring (Swedish), ceca (Italian), angulas (Spain), Bundaal (Germany)? Very few of you readers will know the answers. Yet the eel to which all these terms refer, is found in virtually every coastal and inland water around Europe and along the Mediterranean coasts of Africa and Asia. It also provides a crucial income for over 25,000 fishermen. In fact, no other fish stock within the ICES Area is as widespread or involves so many fishermen. That is, for as long as it lasts, as the eel stock is dangerously close to collapse. Without better, co-ordinated assessments and an international management plan, the future looks bleak for these ocean travellers. To understand more about why eels are in decline, let us start at the beginning of their lives
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-11
    JournalICES newsletter
    Volume40
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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