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Closed season for eels: New catches for the North Sea and Atlantic


Eels are threatened with extinction. New European fishing rules are intended to protect them better - but the catches for other sea fish will be increased.

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European eels: stricter protection

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They live in salt and fresh water, can grow up to 150 centimeters long - and are threatened with extinction: European eels are to be better protected in the future with new catches for the North Sea and Atlantic.

The EU fisheries ministers agreed on a six-month closed season for the eel.

However, with restrictions, as announced by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The fixed EU-wide closed season is three months - for the Baltic Sea from October to December and for the North Sea from September to November.

Member States must determine the other three months, taking into account eel migration.

Recreational eel fishing will be completely banned in the maritime sector.

The catches for North Sea herring fall by nine percent to almost 165,400 tons across the EU, the German quota is around 37,400 tons.

For all other important stocks in the North Sea - such as cod, haddock and saithe - the catches are increasing, for cod by as much as 60 percent.

The EU ministers had already reached an agreement on the quotas in the Baltic Sea for the coming year in mid-October.

According to this, fishermen are still not allowed to catch herring and cod in large parts of the Baltic Sea in 2023 - it is only allowed there as by-catch.

Environmentalists call for a »change of course«

The German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) criticized that, despite the efforts of Germany and the European Commission for individual fish populations, it missed “the urgently needed change of course to save fish populations and seas”.

A third of all fish populations in the north-east Atlantic are currently overfished.

The BUND, however, praised it as "strong" that Germany, despite strong opposition from the federal states and from the part of the fishing and angling associations, had spoken out in favor of the proposal to extend the closed season for the eel to six months.

"This is exactly the future-oriented change of course that we expect from Fisheries Minister Cem Özdemir."


Source: spiegel

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