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Mass produced fully farmed eel on the horizon

August 21, 2018
By Liza Mayer

Japanese researchers accomplished the complete cycle of culturing eels for the first time in the world in 2010 and now they're making efforts to make the technology commercially viable.

To put the technology to commercial use, scientists at the Research Center for Self-Sustained Eel Culture in Japan are looking into whether artificially developed young eels, known as elvers, can be raised to adulthood in farming pools just as in ordinary culturing methods where caught juvenile eels are raised in pools, reported The Asahi Shimbun.

They distributed a total of 300 elvers to two private farming companies, where they will be raised under different conditions until they grow enough to be shipped.

“Through the commercial farmers’ pool cultivation processes, we will see what kind of challenges remain in connection with eels’ food, the farming environment and other factors,” Keisuke Yamano, 54, director of the center, was quoted as saying.

Japanese researchers are working to make culturing of fully-farmed eel commercially viable

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