Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Temminck & Schlegel, 1846
Japanese anglers also catch it using a traditional method, cormorant fishing. On the Nagara River where Japanese Cormorants (Phalacrocorax capillatus) are used by the fishermen, the fishing season draws visitors from all over the world. The Japanese Cormorants, known in Japanese as umi, are domesticated birds trained for this purpose. The birds catch the ayu, store it in their crop, and deliver it to the fishermen. Ayu is also fished commercially in large numbers, and captive juveniles are raised in aquaculture before being released into rivers for sport fishing. A common method of preparing ayu and other small fish in Japan is skewering the fish in such a way as to form a wave, as if they are swimming upriver, and then roasting them over a fire or charcoal.
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