The brief report summarizes recent findings and available information in relation to the trafficking of European eels. This is a complex subject and note that the presented results include uncertainties and simplifications. Nevertheless, the Sustainable Eel Group (SEG) intends to continue to draw attention to the urgent matter by presenting the best available data that indicate the current dimension and scale of this specific European Illegal Wildlife Trade issue. Furthermore, SEG raises the concern that the illegal trade in European eels from Europe to Asia keeps and amplifies the pressure on a stock that urgently needs greater protection. Trafficking in eels is considered to be a serious threat to the future of the species and the livelihood of up to 10 000 people across Europe.

You can read the full report here