Japan, neighbours agree to moves to protect eels

2014-09-18 11:55

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Tokyo - Japan has agreed to cut purchases of eel fry from neighbouring East Asian countries by 20% as part of moves to protect the endangered species.

The agriculture ministry said the agreement with China, South Korea and Taiwan, reached on Wednesday, calls for reducing eel hauls by 20% for one year, beginning in November.

The countries also agreed to take other measures to try to save the species and limit eel catches, including setting up an organisation to co-ordinate management of the industry.

The Japanese eel is a popular summertime delicacy, served roasted with a sweet and savoury sauce over rice. It was put on the international conservation "red list" earlier this year, indicating it faces a very high risk of extinction due to overfishing.

Efforts to farm eels have made slow progress due to their complicated migratory patterns. Unlike salmon, which migrate inland to spawn but spend their lives at sea, eels are spawned in remote areas of the ocean and then migrate inland, only returning to the sea to reproduce.

 Japanese eel farmers buy most of the elvers they raise from the three other countries involved in the talks.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, various factors are hurting the species, including barriers along waterways, pollution and changes in ocean conditions.

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