Further actions are urgently needed to secure European eel recovery. FishSec works with partner organisations in countries across the eels geographical range to make this happen.

Our European eel projects:

  • In March 2020, FishSec relaunched its earlier efforts through the creation of the European Eel Alliance – a platform for like-minded stakeholders aiming to aid the long-term recovery of European eel.
  • Our project BALTEEL-RECO (Baltic Sea eel recovery from an ecosystem perspective) started in 2021 and aims to promote better national management and greater Baltic coordination of efforts to protect and rebuild the eel population.
  • BALTEEL-RECO II: phase II of our BALTEEL-RECO project recently received funding from the Swedish Institute and will begin in August, 2023 with 6 partner organisations.
  • Earlier work:  FishSec also ran a coordinated effort on European eel during 2005–2008 to support the establishment of an EU-wide management framework. The work included the creation of an NGO network to take action, national and EU conferences and supporting Swedish efforts to get a CITES-listing.

Last updated: October 13, 2023

Recent publications

Investigation of eel restocking practices in the Baltic Sea region ...

February 15, 2024

This report is focused on restocking of European eel in four EU countries around the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania...

Policy Brief on eel management in the Med

September 1, 2023

Europe’s eel population has declined dramatically since the 1960-1979 reference period and recruitment is now very low. The Mediterranean region...

A report on the Annual three-month eel fishing closures

June 16, 2021

Our report on the implementation of the eel fishing closures shows that they largely fail to protect the migration of...

An assessment of the effectiveness of the Baltic Sea MAP

September 24, 2019

Fit for purpose? An assessment of the effectiveness of the BSMAP is a joint analysis of the Baltic Sea Multiannual Management...