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Taiwan is considering banning exports of juvenile eels to Japan or restricting the time frame such shipments can be made as part of resource conservation efforts, Taiwanese fisheries officials said recently.

Taiwan may start regulating exports of the eels, which are used in Japan for eel cultivation, as early as this winter, according to the officials at the Council of Agriculture’s fisheries department, the equivalent of Japan’s Fisheries Agency.

The department is currently hearing opinions from experts and the domestic eel cultivation industry to determine the content of the planned regulations, they said.

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