|Freshwater eels and humans in Taiwan|
In: Humanity and the Sea. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 2213-607X, more
Aquaculture industry; Conservation; Evolution; Fishing; Food resources; Life history; Restocking; Species; Anguilla Schrank, 1798 [WoRMS]; Taiwan [Marine Regions]; Fresh water
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.