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 12, 2014

Great apes going extinct by trade

Thousands of great apes — including chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans — are killed or trafficked each year in an illegal trade that is driving them toward extinction.

Jun 17, 2014

Saving the Japanese eel

The international designation of the Japanese eel as a species at risk of extinction underscores the need for more controlled and responsible fishing and consumption to preserve one of this nation's long-cherished food cultures.

Jun 6, 2013

'Living fossil' frog yet to croak: study

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a “living fossil” after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel, researchers reported Tuesday. In 1996, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put the ...