Faire Mieux Que La Nature – the History of Eel Restocking in Europe
We review the historical development and contrast the achievements to the objectives. Except for the period 1952-1990 in Eastern Europe, restocking has probably added a relative small quantity to the natural production. As successful as restocking might have been for some areas, it has not markedly changed the overall trends and distribution patterns or halted the decline of the stock and fisheries. Poor post-evaluation, frequent technical innovations, and a constant renewal of the countries and people involved, have kept the promise for a better future alive for 175 years.