Data sources used include Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) global production and trade figures, the 2014 “Joint Statement” in which mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan agreed to restrict wild-caught eel fry input into farms, Unagi net, UN Comtrade, East Asian Customs, and the CITES trade database, in addition to literature and internet research, stakeholder interviews, and targeted online and physical market surveys.
CITES, the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Find out more here.
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. More information at www.traffic.org