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Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture - Towards sustainable development of fishing and aquaculture activities
“Towards a coherent European scheme for the conservation and management of eels.”

The problem

The eel stock in Europe is in rapid decline. The European Commission, the International Council for the Exploration of the SEA (ICES) and the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) have all advised that urgent management action needs to be taken to protect and restore stock. Given the scattered distribution of the eel in inland and coastal waters across Europe, this can only be achieved through local management measures, integrated on a European scale. 

SLIME  Towards informed management of eels


SLIME will review the information available and identify options for a coherent European management strategy. It will:

  • Describe suitable models for the evaluation of the eel stock, quantifying recruitment and escapement and demonstrating compliance, or otherwise, with escapement limits and targets
  • Apply test case datasets for different life stages and catchment/fishery types
  • Formulate advice for a scientific framework based on the outcomes from the various models

Contribution to policy development:

  • The Community Action Plan for the management of the European eel assigns responsibility for stock restoration measures primarily to local-level management
  • SLIME will provide a scientific basis upon which the Commission can develop coherent EU-wide stock-management proposals
  • A consistent, scientifically informed approach across Europe will help the EU and Member States meet their international obligations towards safeguarding aquatic biodiversity

Project deliverables

  • Internal report: Description of management information requirements – April 2006
  • Internal report: Detailed description of analysis models – April 2006
  • Workshop: Preparing first draft of final report – April 2006
  • Final report – June 2006
  • Policy implementation plan – July 2006


  • Project website – June 2006
  • Project details and a non-technical summary will be published

Technical information

Project acronym: SLIME – Study Leading to Informed Management for Eel
Project’s official full title: Restoration of the European eel population; pilot studies for a scientific framework in support of sustainable management.
Research priority: 1.3. Modernisation and sustainability of fisheries, including aquaculture-based production systems
Specific webpage: Details not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 022488
Start date: 1 January 2006
Completion date: 1 July 2006
European Commission scientific officer: Jacques Fuchs,

Willem Dekker
Name: Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research
Abbreviated name: RIVO
Address: Haringkade 1
1976 CP
Postbus 68
1970 AB Ijmuiden
Country: The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)255 564 646
Fax: +31 (0)255 564 644


Name: Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Abbreviated name: CEFAS
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland
Abbreviated name: DARDNI
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Institut dAménagement de la Vilaine
Abbreviated name: IAV
Country: France

Name: French Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research
Abbreviated name: CEMAGREF
Country: France

Name: National Board of Fisheries, Department of Research and Development, Institute of Freshwater Research
Abbreviated name: NBF-R&D-IFR
Country: Sweden

Name: Marine Institute
Abbreviated name: MI
Country: Ireland

Name: National University of Ireland, Galway
Abbreviated name: NUIG
Country: Ireland