No announcement yet on possible listing of eel endangered species

Scientists from an international conservation body concluded a five-day meeting Friday during which they examined data to determine whether eel species including the Japanese eel should be listed as endangered.

The scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), which comprises government and non-government bodies from around the world, have not made their draft evaluations public.

The IUCN is expected to hear views from experts outside the group and hold further discussions at a freshwater fish specialist group before finalizing their decisions. The findings are expected to be released as early as this fall.