The European eel is on the Worldwide Fund for Nature’s red list as a species under acute threat.
And the organisation’s latest survey studying the sale of eel meat for consumption at Swedish Christmas dinners says although many ordinary restaurants have now stopped selling eel, 30 percent of sushi restaurants still stock the meat.
The WWF’s fishery expert Karin Glaumman says this is a new area of concern.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Finland’s endangered Saimaa ringed seal population reaches 400, Yle News
Norway: Arctic fox’s rapid journey from Svalbard to Northern Canada stuns researchers, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Authorities in northwest Russia move to protect wild reindeer, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Poachers suspected behind dwindling wolf numbers in Sweden, Radio Sweden
United States: Unique freshwater Alaska seals require special conservation efforts, study finds, CBC News