Swedish fishmongers and sushi shops still selling critically endangered eel, WWF says

The European eel is a threatened species says the WWF. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
Although the number of restaurants offering eel has fallen, the WWF says sales in sushi restaurants and stores still present a danger to this species.

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.

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Canada: Arctic Canada: label ringed seals a species of concern, wildlife advisers tell feds, CBC News

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

Keith Foster, Radio Sweden

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