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very look of an eel actually turns some people off, says Pat Close, chairman of the Lough Neagh fishermen co operative. squirm at the idea of it handling or eating it. Not only are the eels delicious when smoked, but thanks to the special quality of the fish in this region, the EU awarded them Protected Geographic Indicator (PGI) status.
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Yet other than the families who live on the shores of the lough, and in areas like the East End of London where jellied eel and eel pies were once popular, British people have never been very enthusiastic about eels. Of the 400 tonnes of fish produced annually at Lough Neagh, most is exported to Germany and the Netherlands; in total, 80% of the fishery eels canada goose clearance end up on the European continent.
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1982, we recruited 11 million which was bang on target, says Close. following year it dropped to three quarters of a million. Obviously the hope at that time was it was some sort of temporary blip. But sadly, history Canada Goose Online now shows that it was anything but. crash was witnessed at fisheries across Europe. The last time population numbers dipped canada goose uk shop on the same scale was in the early 1900s; no one knows what caused either of these events. Some researchers have Canada Goose Coats On Sale queried the role of pollutants, over fishing in some areas and the effect of hydroelectric dams the dams can kill huge numbers of eels.
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In an effort to safeguard the Lough Neagh population, the fishery has since 1984 been manually recruiting young eels, known as elvers, from other ecosystems.
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The European eel is actually listed as critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). But Close argues that if it weren for farming with fisheries championing responsible fishery https://www.canadagoosestorevip.com plans, including re stocking in key areas and constant monitoring of the eels health, the animals might be even worse off.
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