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, European legislation establishes the obligation for responsible management of eels. This is in order to assure that a percentage of mature eels from riverbeds arrive at the coast to begin their journey to breeding grounds in the Sargasso Sea. However, there is currently no accurate data on the population state of the European eel. Despite the insufficient data, the decrease is evident, and it is clear that the current management of the species has been unsuccessful. Therefore, improvement of the knowledge and management of the species is vital.

ANSE leads the Sustainable Eel Fisheries in Natura 2000 Project in collaboration with 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/Adena Spain (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 has been carried out during the year 2018 in the Region of Murcia and the south of Alicante. This followed on from work conducted in previous years, such as the sampling of channels and wetlands in the surroundings of the Mar Menor, and other littoral points of the Murcia Region in 2014.

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

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This project involves the collaboration of:

Colaboradores Pleamar

WWFUniversidad de MurciaCofradía de Pescadores de S. Pedro del PinatarZoological Society of LondonRegión de MurciaMARE