Look at the Wikepedia entry for European Eel. Note that it is labelled as “Critically Endangered”. Depending on the source, but stocks returning to European rivers are down by 90% (and probably more) since the 1970’s.
Another fascinating entry relates to the life cycle of the eel . No one knows just how the eels make their way back to their spawning grounds!
We secured limited stocks of good sized Silver Eels last week from Lough Owell in Co. Westmeath and have just smoked some today.
The last eels we bought was two years ago; we subsequently won a Gold Award at the U.K.’s Great Taste Awards in 2006 and we were presented the Irish Guild of Food Writer’s Award in 2007.
We have restored the Smoked Eel to our online ordering pages at www.ummera.com and can be ordered there; alternatively, of course, contact myself or Anat direct, by phone, Skype or email for all details.
We have some available for shipping out next Monday, September 22nd.