According to the ICES, the size of the stock has decreased dramatically since the mid 1980s and there are no signs of recovery.
The ban and regulations put in place by Norway represent aconsiderably greater reduction than the EU requirements for the conservation and management plans that have been prepared by the member countries. The ministry will work towards securing sustainable management of the European eel internationally.
Management and technical regulations of the fishery
The Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs has adopted new regulations for the management of the European eel. The serious situation for the eel makes effective measures to improve recruitment absolutely vital and these measures must ensure a substantial reduction in exploitation. The new regulations applied from 1st of July 2009 for an indefinite period.
The decision of the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs means that:
A total prohibition is introduced on leisure fishing and commercial fishing. The Directorate of Fisheries is however empowered to implement a limiting fishery for monitoring purposes, if it is found suitable with the commercial interests of the fishermen. The total annual quota should be considered insignificant to the stock, and a strict regime of execution and reporting should apply to such a fishery.