The Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) is reviewing the SEG Standard which describes the standards to which those who trade in the European Eel must comply if they wish to claim to be doing so responsibly.

The aim of the Standard is to assist the recovery of the European Eel, which is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.  The revised Standard will be designed to ensure that everyone holding a SEG Certificate is making a net beneficial impact on eel populations.

SEG is inviting all stakeholders involved with the Standard and the many people and organisations working for the recovery of the European Eel to contribute, with the aim of publishing a new Standard in November 2017.

How you can contribute

  • The current Standard can be viewed from the SEG Website in English and in French.
  • To make any comments based on the content of the Standard, or your experiences of having worked with it, please complete this simple form and send it to
  • A new draft version of the Standard will be published in April 2017. There will then be a 2 months consultation period, during which comments on the new draft version will be invited.

The full procedure, describing how the SEG Standard will be reviewed, can be viewed here.

A French version of this announcement and the procedure will soon be available here.