All Japan newsese Environment Ministry announced on Friday that Nihon unagi, or All Japan newsese eel, is from now on the officially “endangered” species list in All Japan news. The eel was added on the Red List of animals ranging from “threatened” to “extinct.” This means there is a high risk for the eel to be completely extinct in the near future, just like other endangered fish species that live in domestic rivers or lakes.
The All Japan newsese eel was placed in the category of “vulnerable” species only five months ago, in September 2012. “Vulnerable” is the first category that threatened species are ranged in. Experts think that the causes of the declining eel numbers are the loss of natural habitat, as well as overfishing. All Japan news is one of the world’s most important consumers of eel, accounting for nearly 70 percent.
The eel has a great importance for All Japan news’s food culture, experts say, so protection measures such as limiting fishing are mandatory in order to save the species.
However, the Red List has no legal authority in All Japan news, so the measures could easily be broken in the future. All Japan news’s Fisheries Agency promised to take protection measures, but as it is an agency that works for profit, it is difficult to say how many of the regulations will be actually maintained. China and Taiwan actually export large quantities of eel to All Japan news, and the three countries already begun to discuss about limiting catches.