China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

Jul 28, 2014

China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

China will stop exporting the internationally protected European eel to Japan by the end of next January, industry sources said Monday. The Chinese government’s office for wildlife protection has notified Japanese industry officials that the stock for re-exported, French-origin eels protected by an international ...

Jul 27, 2014

Eel demand robust despite higher prices

Demand for grilled eel has been robust toward the midsummer Day of the Ox despite lingering high prices. The Day of the Ox, which falls on Tuesday this year, is thought to be the hottest day of the year. Japanese traditionally eat grilled eel ...

Eel farmers face state regulation to manage new extinction risk

Jul 24, 2014

Eel farmers face state regulation to manage new extinction risk

The government plans to impose regulations on eel farmers because the Japanese variety was internationally designated as a species at risk of extinction last month, government sources said. Since eel farming in Japan relies mostly on catches of wild young eel, which are on ...

Jul 23, 2014

Young eel catches triple in Japan

Sixteen tons of young eels, or elvers, were caught in Japan in the latest season between November and May, tripling the level from a year earlier, the Fisheries Agency said. From a long-term perspective, elver catches are still very low and resource management is ...

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Jul 5, 2014

Prices for grilled eel slide as numbers bounce back

Prices for grilled eel are finally dropping thanks to a rebound in populations of the fish here and abroad. Supermarkets in Japan are starting to sell the summer specialty at bargain prices ahead of the Day of the Ox on July 29, when they ...

Jun 11, 2014

Eel farmers buoyed by rising supply

Eel farming in Japan appears to be on the mend following several years of dwindling catches in waters around the country. But it remains to be seen if the new rise in the supply of glass, or baby, eels will lower prices at supermarkets ...

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

| Feb 9, 2014

Eco-labels urged to save endangered marine life

2013 highlighted the decline in Japan’s fishery resources, with baby eel trading at ¥3 million per kilogram — more expensive than silver — and the catch quota of bluefin tuna being slashed at the December meeting of the Commission for the Conservation and Management ...

Sep 6, 2013

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, ...

Japanese eel fry haul hurting this season

Feb 8, 2013

Japanese eel fry haul hurting this season

Catches of Japanese eel fry have been poor nationwide since the fishing season started in December, with some places recording more than four-decade lows, fishery officials said Thursday. This may lead to an unprecedented fourth straight year of poor hauls of young eel, they ...