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Dude, this is such an amazing discovery!  I hope they immediately set up protections, no bag limit, etc.

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Scientist says he found Japan fish thought extinct

By JAY ALABASTER, Associated Press Jay Alabaster, Associated Press

TOKYO – A Japanese salmon species thought to be extinct for 70 years is alive and well in a lake near Mount Fuji, a science professor said Wednesday.

The black kokanee, or "kunimasu" in Japanese, was thought to have died out in 1940, when a hydroelectric project made its native lake in northern Akita Prefecture more acidic.

Before then, 100,000 eggs were reportedly transported to Lake Saiko but the species was still thought to have died off.

But Tetsuji Nakabo, a professor at Kyoto University, said his team of researchers found the species in Lake Saiko, about 310 miles (500 kilometers) south of the native lake.

"I was really surprised. This is a very interesting fish — it's a treasure. We have to protect it and not let it disappear again," he said.

He posed for pictures and video with a specimen that was dark olive with black spots on its back. The kunimasu grow to about a foot (30 centimers) in length.

Nakabo said the lake had sufficent kunimasu for the species to survive if the current environment is maintained, though he said in interviews he hoped fishermen would not catch it.

Lake Saiko is in a region popular with tourists for its Fuji views and hot spring baths.

The salmon is still listed as extinct in the public records of the Environment Ministry. Yobukaze Naniwa, an official at the ministry, said Nakabo's claim would be investigated before records are due to be updated in 2012.

Other species, including shellfish and plants, have also been discovered in Japan after being declared extinct, Naniwa said.


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Interesting.....Thanks Yakuza.  I found a few images to go with the news.

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Oh I am sure they won't.....gone in a week

though he said in interviews he hoped fishermen would not catch it.

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It is always fantastic to read/hear news of discovering animals that were once thought of as "extinct," especially with salmon :)

I just hope that the people there can protect this fish to recover. Hope the unattractiveness will deter the natives and people in general from consuming this :P


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hope they protect it


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That's awesome  :smt001 I like that pic of the ancient japanese yak fishermen, probably downriggin for kokanee   :smt005
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Hope the unattractiveness will deter the natives and people in general from consuming this :P

That's a rotten spawner - I'm sure the fish is very beautiful.    :smt007

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thats pretty cool....I agree if its not protected there they go


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Hope the unattractiveness will deter the natives and people in general from consuming this :P

That's a rotten spawner - I'm sure the fish is very beautiful.    :smt007

Cool story.

Eric, thanks for that knowledge brother :D I appreciate learning new info, especially when it relates to fishing. Cool story for sure!!


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As crazy as the Japanese are about fish, would they really eat these lil kokes?  That would be like slathering a fillet of coelacanth with butter and garlic and grilling it up for fish tacos.

That fugly brown spawner is a beautiful sight b/c it means those fish actually be getting they freak on  :smt057 


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That would be like slathering a fillet of coelacanth with butter and garlic and grilling it up for fish tacos.
  :smt057 

Sure, now I feel guilty about all those black seabass fillets from my youth. Mmmmmmmmmm, seabass............. :smt003
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