Climbing Back up What Slippery Slope? the Dynamics of the European Eel Stock and Its Management in Historical Perspective
The first claim, that the continental stock was in decline, dates from the early 1800s; stock-enhancement actions were initiated shortly after. Diffuse objectives, technical innovations, eternal optimism and - above all - no quantification impede the evaluation of historical reports. After 1950, when quantification improved, a slow but consistent decline was observed. But it is only two decades after the crash in recruitment from the ocean (in 1980), that protection plans addressed the bad status of the stock. A slippery field, full of pitfalls - and yet, we now observe the first recovery?