Four countries join efforts to protect Japanese eel
Friday, September 19, 2014, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Eel farmers’ procurement of glass eels or young specimens has been curbed by 20 per cent from the level in the preceding 12 months starting in November in an attempt to strengthen Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) stock management and protection.
This decision was jointly taken by Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea after a two-day meeting in Tokyo of representatives of the four governments, Jiji Press informed.
The four Asian countries agreed to set annual limits for procurement of glass eels at 21.6 tonnes for Japan, 36 tonnes for China, 11.1 tonnes for South Korea and 10 tonnes for Taiwan.
The amount assigned to each country for the next season will be determined based on each country’s shipping volume of Japanese eels and other factors.
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