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European eel (Anguilla anguilla) throughout its natural range

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posted on 2023-11-02, 15:45 authored by ICESICES

ICES advice on fishing opportunities

ICES advises that when the precautionary approach is applied, there should be zero catches in all habitats in 2024. This applies to both recreational and commercial catches and includes catches of glass eels for restocking and aquaculture.

ICES advice on conservation aspects

Based on ecosystem‑based management considerations, ICES advises that:

  • all non-fisheries related anthropogenic mortalities should be zero.
  • the quantity and quality of eel habitats should be restored; this includes restoring connectivity and the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the habitats.


Published under the auspices of the following ICES Steering Group or Committee

  • ACOM

Period covered by advice



ICES Advice: Recurrent advice

Recommended citation

ICES. 2023. European eel (Anguilla anguilla) throughout its natural range. In Report of the ICES Advisory Committee, 2023. ICES Advice 2023, ele.2737.nea.