Eels may gradually disappear from the menu in Britain in order to save them from extinction. European eel stocks have plummeted by 99% since the 70s and have now been given protection as an endangered species. In the 1940s there were some 100 eel-and-pie shops in London and tourism has ensured that dozens of pie-and-mash shops and jellied eel stalls have survived. Upmarket restaurants also say that smoked eel is a popular menu item. However, the number that may be caught for food will now be limited from the end of 2008. The Sunday Telegraph 17/6/07 page 15