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The Fisheries Agency plans to raise the maximum fine for illegal fishing of baby Japanese eels, or glass eels, from ¥100,000 to ¥30 million starting in 2023, in a bid to stem a source of funding of organized crime syndicates, agency sources said Wednesday.

The maximum period of imprisonment for glass eel poaching will also be increased from six months to three years, the sources said. Japanese eels have been designated as an endangered species.

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