Mitchell Feigenbaum 
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Re: “The secretive and slippery world of glass eel fishing

European eel is considered by some to be "critically endangered," while the Japanese species is perhaps in even worse shape.

North American eel harvests have always been far lower than the harvest of foreign species, by magnitudes. Presently the allowable harvests in Maine and Canada combined are under fifteen tons and actual catches about 2/3 of that amount. By contrast the Japanese and Europeans harvested glass eels by the hundreds of tons annually for over a decade.

Deepsea Throat calls the eel fishery "overregulated waste of time and joke." American eel has been reviewded for endangered species status by the U.S. government twice in the last ten years. Both times the agency said the eel population is below historic norms, however it is not in danger of extinction. In its most recent decision, October 2015, the Service cited improved regulation of the fishery as one of the reasons it is not endangered.

Fisherman should participate in the public forums where regulations are made in order to bring their real-world experience to the process. However, Deepsea is mistaken to call eel regulations a "joke." Without the regulations we would either lose the entire fishery or all the fish.

Learn more at:

www.Americaneel.org

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Posted by Mitchell Feigenbaum on April 13, 2016 at 5:54 AM
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