Eel fishing ban is justified

Published on
June 28, 2016

In Resource, an article about PhD research of Myrthe van den Dungen about dioxin- and pcb-like substances in the systems of people who eat a lot of eel from polluted rivers.

Since 2011 there has been ban on fishing for eel in most Dutch inland waters, because some parts are too polluted with dioxins and PCBs (polychlorobiphenyls).

Van den Dungen’s research among 80 regular eel eaters – most of them fishers or traders – shows that the fishing ban is more than justified.

They turned out to have 2.5 times more dioxin-like substances in their bodies than those who had eaten ‘clean eel’. Levels of PCBs and hormone-disrupting PCB metabolites were up to 10 times higher. Both levels were far higher than the levels assumed to be safe.

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