Following a decadal descent to historically low abundances of northern temperate eel stocks, management and protection of these iconic species have been initiated. Intensified monitoring and novel frameworks for international assessment now yield more insight into overall stock dynamics, although major anthropogenic impacts remain unquantified. Responsible agencies have taken measures to protect eel stocks.
Have these measures provided adequate protection?
What is adequate?
We need to come to grips with the core issues of what is happening to eel populations, and why. We also need to define and implement effective means to marshal species-wide joint action on eel assessment and conservation. In Europe, international integration of eel protection is underway, while in North America only tentative steps have been taken.
Martin Castonguay (Canada)
John Casselman (Canada)
Willem Dekker (Sweden)
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