The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) population is declining since the 1980’s. To recover the stock, the EU adopted the Eel Regulation (Council Regulation No.1100/2007), requiring each Member State to set up an Eel Management Plan (EMP) describing measures to reduce eel mortality and contribute to the escapement of silver eel. The objective of the measures is to reach 40% of the pristine silver eel escapement. One of the suggested measures in the Eel Regulation is the re stocking of glass eel. This resulted in that after implementation of the regulation, many countries started or increased their restocking practices. Also in the Dutch eel management plan, ‘restocking of glass eel and pre-grown eel from aquaculture’ is one of the measures to reach the objective of 40% of silver eel escapement.
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