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The European Eel Anguilla anguilla (Pisces, Anguillidae). Native or Alien in the Black Sea?

Journal: Ecologia Balkanica (Vol.5, No. 2)

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Page : 57-62

Keywords : European eel; Anguilla anguilla; Black Sea Region;

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In 2006 the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STEFC) of EU suggested the Black Sea region should be excluded from the list of natural areas, where the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) is distributed. The basic conception of this idea was that the eels caught in the Black Sea region represent escaped specimens from fish farming in some Danubian countries. This article illustrates an effort to be given an indirect answer on the question if Black Sea is the end of natural distribution of European eel. The species is present but never been abundant in the region and do not represent an object of commercial fishing.

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