Sushi favorite Japanese eel at risk of extinction
February 6th, 2013
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Bad news for food-obssessed travelers to Japan.

Unagi - the sweet broiled eel dish that's one of Japan's best eats - may soon be going the way of shark's fins and fish balls: it gets overfished (check), it gets put on an endangered list (check) and it gets banned from restaurants (maybe).

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment officially added Japanese eel to its Red List of endangered fish on Friday, reported Yomiuri Shimbun.

Read the full story - Japanese eel becomes latest 'endangered food' - on CNN Travel.

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  2. Mary

    Eels seem to come and go. Before the meat pie, in europe, the eel pie was the pie of choice for the working class. However, due to heavy consumption the eels became almost extinct. This led to people eating meat, i.e. cattle, versus eels. They are a cheap comodity fish that can live in the most polluted waters, until they are fished out, such as here., Japan eat the dophins, the whales, the eels. They will be glowing in the dark over there with all the radiation. I guess you are what you eat sometimes, even if that means extinct.

    February 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    DAMMIT!! This is seriously my FAVORITE FOOD on the face of the planet!!!!! NOOOOO! :(

    February 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Mary

      My mother was from england and when i lived at home i used to have to go the market and by her fresh eels and bring them home on the bus. barffffff!!!

      February 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • GiGi Eats Celebrities

        Ah ha ha ha! I am sure you were super popular on the bus! I give your mother credit for cooking fresh eels!

        February 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
  4. Shirley U Jest

    NOOOooooo! I was led to believe that this was a sustainable and farmed raised product. I was wondering what was going on with the price of frozen Unagi in the asian stores. Less than 2 years ago a cooked and frozen fresh water eel was sold for under $3.00 US. Last time I went to the market the cost exploded to $9.00. On top of that I used to have a choice of brands from various Asian countries and now it is only available from China. Every once in a while I can buy them live from a US fish farmer, but they are not my favorite fish to clean. Imagine cleaning a snake with catfish skin.

    Read this about eel farming in North Carolina. http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/features/291856/slippery-business

    February 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Dolphin is banned, too. That's working well.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:39 am |
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