Confronted with the disturbing decline in the population of European eels, the European commission voted in September 2007 an ambitious regulation targeting recovery of the eel stock and requiring that each Member State submit an eel management plan by 31 December 2008.
France sent in its management plan on 17 December. Onema mobilised significant resources with other stakeholders to draw up the plan, under the auspices of the Fisheries ministry (MAP) and the Ecology ministry (MEEDDAT). The measures deal with the different types of fishing, obstacles to the passage of eels, restocking, habitat restoration and contamination.
The European commission has three months to render its opinion on the submitted plans. The Member States are required to implement the management plans approved by the commission, starting on 1 July 2009 or earlier if possible.