In this fifth report on the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium we will introduce the break-out sessions that took place in Room A. Session A-1 introduced Indonesian and Japanese NGOs, seafood companies and universities working together toward a sustainable eel industry; session A-2 shared the collaboration between the first companies in Japan to provide sustainable seafood at their respective workplace cafeterias; and session A-3 presented the promotion of Japanese fishery and aquaculture industries by producers and retailers. All three sessions brought together a wide representation of stakeholders that are expanding sustainability of the seafood industry in their own unique way.
A-1: Designing the Future of Eel Industry
Oceans and Seafood Group Leader, WWF Japan
“We are often consulted about endangered eel species but we can only respond that under current circumstances there is no silver bullet to fix it. However, for eel species such as Indonesian eel (Anguilla bicolor), which are not currently endangered but have the potential to be in the future, NGOs including WWF Japan have started to think how we can handle the situation early on.”
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chuo University
“Currently there are no eel species that can be considered sustainable anywhere in the world. In the case of Japan, it has been very difficult to find Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) that can be proven to be traceable, making it challenging for consumers to know which product to choose in order to support sustainable use of seafood. I think the significance of this project was that it presented options that follow objective and internationally recognized standards.”
Manager, Group Merchandising Strategy Department, Aeon Retail Co., Ltd.
”We are continuing with the verification of the state of the Indonesian eel stock but if they are at current levels we, as a company, and those that are gathered here today will do everything we can to raise our performance through our products and eliminate any concerns felt by the end consumers.”
Vice President of Eel Operation, PT. Iroha Sidat Indonesia
“Our goal is to maintain the sustainability of wild eel stocks. We do not want Indonesian eel to suffer a similar fate with the European eel. With that in mind we began releasing juvenile fish since 2013 and implemented a FIP / AIP under this project for the sustainability of wild eel.”
Faridz Rizal Fachri
Capture Fisheries Officer, WWF Indonesia
“We support sustainable eel management by performing fisheries and aquaculture improvement program based on Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) principles. To ensure the sustainability of the glass eel stock, we have initiated to provide a better management practices for fishermen as a guideline to capture glass eel in sustainable way. We support glass eel data collection as well to have better understanding on stock status and subsequently to enable setting catch limit as meanwhile this action is in line with government plan. In terms of responsible aquaculture, we attempt to ensure the production using traceable and sustainable seed source and support company to use resource efficiently during production process.”
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia
“In regard to eel sustainability, southern Java island developed a management plan, release glass eel, and produce separate statistics for freshwater and marine areas but there are no regulations for the capture of glass eel other than the rule that only glass eel that are larger than 150 grams can be exported outside of Indonesia. However, we are currently discussing the action plan for eel conservation as a country and a glass eel management SOP is expected for implementation next year.”