The joint EIFAAC/ICES/GFCM Working Group on Eels (WGEEL) annually collates data on recruitment, catches and landings from commercial and recreational fisheries, restocking, aquaculture production, rates of other human-induced mortalities on eel, biological characteristics of eel, etc. A refinement and standardisation of the data reporting process is required, and a data call hosted by ICES, EIFAAC and GFCM aims to significantly improve the situation.
WKEELDATA is tasked to:
review WGEEL data requirements and define data quality standards
modify WGEEL data spreadsheets to make them most efficient for data entry and analysis
plan work to create a future database suitable for WGEEL data