Fisheries ranks mull ways to preserve eels


Fisheries officials from Japan and four Asian economies met Friday to discuss ways to jointly keep eel numbers from falling further.

The meeting in the city of Fukuoka, the fourth such session, drew envoys from South Korea and the Philippines for the first time, in addition to the original participants from Japan, China and Taiwan.

Waters off the five economies account for almost the entire known habitat of the Japanese eel.

This meeting was the first to discuss international trade in species other than the Japanese eel, such as the Indian short-fin eel.

Japan, China and Taiwan began the forum last September. Following the expansion, the forum will speed up protection efforts.