Sustainable Eel Fisheries in Natura 2000

Sustainable Eel Fisheries in Natura 2000


The European eel is an endangered species worldwide, whose populations continue decreasing. In fact, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers its population as Critically Endangered. For this reason, the European legislation establishes the obligation for responsible management in order to assure that a percentage of mature eels from riverbeds arrive at the sea to start their journey until they find a place to breed. However, currently, there is no accurate data about its population state, and despite the insufficient data, the decrease is evident, and it has not been stopped by the current management of the species. Therefore, to improve the information and management of the species is necessary.

ANSE starts up the Sustainable Eel Fisheries in Natura 2000 Project with the collaboration of Fundación Biodiversidad, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, through Pleamar Programme, co-financed by EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund). The Project relies on the collaboration of WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Adena association, the Fishermen Cooperative of San Pedro del Pinatar, the Group for Research Biology and Conservation Aquatic Vertebrates of the Department of Zoology of the University of Murcia, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE) of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa, and the General Administration of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing and Aquaculture. Department of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing of CARM.

This initiative will be carried out during the year 2018 in the Region of Murcia and the south of Alicante and continues with the works conducted in previous years, such as the sampling of channels and wetlands in the surroundings of the Mar Menor, and other litoral points of the Murcia Region in 2014.

Free actions financed by the EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)

Logos Pleamar

MAPAMA Fundación Biodiversidad Programa Pleamar FEMP Asociación de Naturalistas del Sureste


This project involves the collaboration of:

Colaboradores Pleamar

WWF Universidad de Murcia Cofradía de Pescadores de S. Pedro del Pinatar Zoological Society of London Región de Murcia MARE

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