Open Access Editorial

State of Freshwater Eels in the South Pacific

Anushka Hewavitharane*

Kyushu University, Japan

Corresponding Author

Received Date: August 08, 2018;  Published Date: August 09, 2018


Freshwater eels of the genus Anguilla consists of 16 species and 3 subspecies that are distributed in the Indo-Pacific and North Atlantic Ocean. They are consumed as delicacies throughout their dispersal range especially in Japan, Europe and the Americas. With growing demand for eels on the international market the three major species currently cultured in the aquaculture industry, Japanese eels A. japonica, European eel A. anguilla and American eel A. rostrata have all been severely overfished with populations on the brink of extinction.

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