The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) stock has been declining for several decades. Pollution by bioaccumulating of toxic compounds and the impact of (new) disease agents have been suggested as possible causes for this decline.
An international Workshop on “Development of standardized and harmonized protocols for the estimation of eel quality” will be organized from 20-22 January 2015, at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Brussels, Belgium, in request to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). International routine monitoring of wild eels for lipid levels, contamination and diseases will be discussed.
Dr. Olga Haenen, head of the Dutch National Reference Laboratory for Fish, Shellfish and Crustacean Diseases of CVI is co-organizer and co-chair, dedicated to the eel disease part. In a three day workshop, draft protocols and an advice for ICES will be formulated regarding sampling, analysis and reporting of wild eels for lipid levels, contamination and diseases. This would create the possibility, to compare national data and to reliably incorporate them into international stock assessments, to reach an effective spawner biomass and reproductive success of the European eel.