Nowadays, Japan needs a supply of eels from various countries including Indonesia. In Japan, eels are used for Unagi or eel grilled meat that much-loved by Japanese society.
Because fishing eel is high enough, eels in Japan or the type of Anguilla Japonica endangered. So that every year, 75% of the Japanese eel, namely 120,000 tonnes must be imported from various countries including Indonesia.
Each year Japan imported 600 tons of eels from Banyuwangi, Indonesia. This was done by other provinces like Kalimantan and Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java to Sulawesi. Even Japan has built farming eels in Banyuwangi, East Java since 2012.
"Because the stock of Anguilla Japonica reduced caused by excess catch, then Japan switched to Indonesia," said Instructor Training Center of Fisheries, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Banyuwangi, Dian Tugu to detikFinance, Friday (06/26/2015).
"His name, Hirohasidat is Japanese investor who collaborated with Banyuwangi fisherman since 2012. They do fish farming until processed Unagi ready to export," he added.
There's only one problem in aquaculture eel. Seed eel can not be bred by farmers and still take from nature.