Initiative zur Förderung des Europäischen Aals e.V. (IFEA) is the German association of eel traders and eel farmers. The association’s purpose is to achieve the recovery of the European eel. It undertakes activities that contribute to a sustainable recovery of the eel stocks in the German and European inland waterways. In addition, IFEA is working on sustainable solutions for the catch and farming of eel, for environmental and animal-friendly processing, and is stimulating scientific research for eels. By doing so the IFEA strives towards a sustainable conservation of German eel and the eel sector.