Our rather alarmist headline in our newsletter of March 9th, “Smoked Irish Eel will be extinct by the end of July“, caught the eye of some of the media!
The first to publish is the UK’s Country Life magazine with a piece by Marianka Swain entitled “ Ban on Irish eel fishing for 90 years“.
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!
There are still some unsolved myteries about.