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Japan's appetite for fish is depleting stocks, threatening restaurants

September 4, 2010 |  9:52 pm

Japan's appetite for eel and other fish has depleted the ocean's supplies and raised international outcries to halt Japan's overfishing. Last year, for instance, eelers caught 267 tons from natural habitats, a drop of two-thirds from the amount caught a decade earlier. "The sad story of Japanese unagi is just one of the many examples of how Japan's voracious appetite for fish has created problems for itself," said Hiroyuki Matsuda, eel resource researcher at Yokohama National University. Click here to read on.

Photo: A fish dealer pushes a cart of sliced tuna at Tsukiji Wholesale Market in Tokyo. Credit: David Guttenfelder / Associated Press