The eel is critically endangered. The EU Commission has proposed to ban EU marine catches of adult eels to increase possibilities for more mature fish to reach the spawning grounds in Sargasso sea. In a joint letter, 20 NGOs now ask the EU fishery ministers what they will do in addition to stopping the fishery in marine waters since this will not be enough to save the eel. The Commission proposal can only cover marine waters as part of the CFP and TAC and quota discussions, the rest is today up to the Member States.
Read the letter here: NGO letter about eel and upcoming fisheries council 2017