The aim of the INDICANG project is to share knowledge
about the exploitation of the European eel, its habitat and its evolution
between participants who, for different reasons, all have an interest in this
The eel is socially and economically crucial for sea and
inland fishing communities of the Atlantic area but is currently in a definite
decline. There are various reasons: barriers to migration, pollution,
disappearance of eel habitat, increased fishing pressure etc.
A high number of signatories, sponsors, institutions and
scientific organisations have become partners in this project showing that there
is an interest in this species and concern about its future.
INDICANG is the first network with participants
spreading from Cornwall in the UK to Northern Portugal. Its aim is to obtain a
synoptic view of the status of the species by setting up an information and
action network. The project must demonstrate to the European Community and
decision makers at all levels through examples, that there have been various
actions and intense efforts on the part of all participants to ensure that the
eel remains part of our social, economic and biological heritage. It must also
explain the need to start a policy to restore habitats as soon as possible.
Without this policy the species is potentially doomed to extinction.