Towards recovery of European eel in the Mediterranean Sea
The European eel was classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) after multiple factors – including habitat loss, overfishing, oceanic changes and an increase pollutant and pathogen levels – had collectively contributed to the decline of the species.
Scientists and administrations from nine countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey) have now teamed up with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) to launch the first research programme on European eel in the Mediterranean Sea towards coordination of stock management and recovery.
In line with Recommendation GFCM/42/2018/1 adopted by GFCM countries, the GFCM research programme on European eel will be articulated around five work packages:
with the final aim to:
- identify and assess management and protection measures for eel stock recovery;
- establish a common framework for the monitoring of European eel;
- collect and update data concerning eel stocks and habitat in the Mediterranean, and
- establish a common framework for eel stock assessment.
The research programme started in June with an online kick-off event and will have a duration of 18 months.
- Agricultural University of Tirana (Albania)
- Centre national de recherche et de développement de la pêche et de l’aquaculture (Algeria)
- National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Egypt)
- Université de Perpignan (France)
- Hellenic Fisheries Research Institute (Greece)
- Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
- Universidad de Córdoba (Spain)
- Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (Tunisia)
- Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (Turkey)
Administration Focal Points
- Fisheries Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Albania)
- Direction Générale de la Pêche, Ministère de la Pêche et des Productions Halieutiques (Algeria)
- General Authority for Fish Resources Development (Egypt)
- Direction des pêches maritimes et de l’aquaculture, Ministère de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation (France)
- Ministry of Rural Development & Food, Directorate General of Fisheries, Directorate of Aquaculture (Greece)
- MIPAAF DG of maritime fisheries and aquaculture (Italy)
- Direccion General de Pesca Sostenible, Secretaría General de Pesca – Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación (Spain)
- Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Water resources (Tunisia)
- Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, DG Fisheries and Aquaculture (Turkey)