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Freshwater eels and humans in Taiwan
Tzeng, W.-N. (2014). Freshwater eels and humans in Taiwan, in: Tsukamoto, K. et al. (Ed.) Eels and humans. Humanity and the Sea, : pp. 129-142. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-4-431-54529-3_9
In: Tsukamoto, K.; Kuroki, M. (Ed.) (2014). Eels and humans. Humanity and the Sea. Springer: Osaka. ISBN 978-4-431-54528-6. xi, 177 pp.. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-4-431-54529-3, more
In: Humanity and the Sea. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 2213-607X, more

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Keywords
    Aquaculture industry; Conservation; Evolution; Fishing; Food resources; Life history; Restocking; Species; Anguilla Schrank, 1798 [WoRMS]; Taiwan [Marine Regions]; Fresh water

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  • Tzeng, W.-N.

Abstract
    Freshwater eels (Anguilla spp.) are an important food resource and support large-scale aquaculture in some oriental countries. Taiwan’s climate is ideal for eel stocks living in the wild and for aquaculture. Indeed, the country’s aquaculture industry, which was initiated in the 1960s and peaked in the early 1990s, contributed greatly to Taiwan’s economic development at the time, though much of that production has since been transferred to mainland China. Despite their economic importance to humans, however, many people are not that familiar with eels, so this chapter supplements material presented elsewhere in this book by documenting aspects of eel distribution and biology, mythology, cuisine, etc, in Taiwan.

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