ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Food & Beverage

China clamps down on baby eel trade in blow to unagi restaurants

Proposed export restrictions risk cutting off Japan's main supply

Poor eel catches have led to surging prices in Japan for kabayaki, a popular summer dish. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- Chinese fishery companies look to restrict international trade in baby eels, focusing on domestic farming in a move that could worsen shortages in unagi-loving Japan.

The plan is to set up new oversight bodies this winter in Guangdong Prefecture, a major eel aquaculture region. These will work with customs officials to keep tabs on distribution routes. Licenses will be required for exports, with unauthorized trade subject to penalties, though the requirements for such licenses have yet to be disclosed.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more