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Climbing back up what slippery slope? Dynamics of the European eel stock and its management in historical perspective

Dekker, Willem and Beaulaton, Laurent (2016). Climbing back up what slippery slope? Dynamics of the European eel stock and its management in historical perspective. ICES journal of marine science. 73:1, 5-13
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Fewfish stocks are as influenced by (intentional and inadvertent) human impacts as the European eel, all across the continent. The dynamics of this stock, however, are poorly understood—neither the causes of the historically lowabundance, nor minimal protection levels, are beyond discussion. Rather than analysing contemporary processes, this article turns back in time—two centuries or more—unravelling historical abundances and distribution patterns; reviewing historical actions and objectives; and discussing technical developments and scientific advice—picturing the slippery slope the eel stock has come down from. The first claim, that the continental stock was in decline, dates from the early 1800s; stock-enhancement actions were initiated shortly after. Diffuse objectives, technical innovations, eternal optimism, and—above all—no quantification impede the exact evaluation of historical reports. After 1950, when quantification improved, a slow but consistent decline was observed, but it is only two decades after the crash in glass eel recruitment (in 1980), that protection plans addressed the bad status of the stock. A slippery slope, full of pitfalls—yet, we now observe several years of increasing recruitment.

Authors/Creators:Dekker, Willem and Beaulaton, Laurent
Title:Climbing back up what slippery slope? Dynamics of the European eel stock and its management in historical perspective
Series/Journal:ICES journal of marine science (1095-9289)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:73
Number:1
Page range:5-13
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1095-9289
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:M Aquatic sciences and fisheries > M01 Fisheries and aquaculture - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Fish and Aquacultural Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 601 History and Archaeology > History
Agrovoc terms:eels, stocks, history
Keywords:centennial, development and protection, dynamics, eel, enhancement and recovery, Europe, fishery, history
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3575
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3575
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000371140700002
DOI10.1093/icesjms/fsv132
ID Code:13538
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Department of Aquatic Resources
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Aug 2016 12:47
Metadata Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 12:47

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