The precautionary approach and the management of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) – critical remarks

Wysujack, Klaus (2007) The precautionary approach and the management of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) – critical remarks. Informationen aus der Fischereiforschung = Information on Fishery Research, 54(1), pp. 26-33. DOI: 10.3220/Infn54_26-33_2007

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Abstract

Recruitment and commercial catches of European eel have been in decline since the late 1970s. So far, the reasons are not well understood. A range of potential natural and anthropogenic reasons have been discussed, but the relative importance of the factors is unknown. As a consequence of the decline in recruitment an urgent need for protective management measures was concluded. The main approach is to restrict the fishery on eel, in particular with reference to the precautionary approach. However, in view of the lack of knowledge on the factors responsible for the recruitment decline and by considering that many yellow and silver eel stocks in freshwaters depend on restocking by the fishery, such simplified conclusions are critically discussed. A concept for the sustainable management of eel has to include 1) research on the factors determining the population dynamics, in particular during the oceanic stages, 2) a stronger consideration of socio-economic aspects, and 3) intensified research on artificial reproduction and rearing of eel.

Item Type: Article
Title: The precautionary approach and the management of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) – critical remarks
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Wysujack, Klausklaus.wysujack@vti.bund.de
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Informationen aus der Fischereiforschung = Information on Fishery Research
Volume: 54
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 26-33
Date: 2007
ISSN: 1861-2164
Contact Email Address: klaus.wysujack@vti.bund.de
Issuing Agency: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei
Additional Information: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries began publishing the Informationen aus der Fischereiforschung - Information on Fishery Research in 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: stock management; environment variation; recruitment; fishing pressure
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 2951
Depositing User: Horst Bahl
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 12:41
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:10
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2951

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