In a bid to boost its environmental protection efforts, Japan has announced a new $200 million fund to protect endangered fish and wildlife in the Far East.
The Japan Wildlife Agency announced the fund on Thursday, pledging $200m to support efforts to conserve fish species such as tuna, swordfish, swordtail and kumquat.
In addition to the funding, Japan will also be creating a new National Fish Commission to work on the conservation of fish and other marine life.
The move comes as the country struggles to cope with the massive rise in the number of wild fish and invertebrates, according to the Japanese government.
The fish and marine life are being hunted for their fins and their fins contain valuable nutrients, and many of them are also highly prized as pets.
The fish and shellfish are also considered an essential ingredient for many Japanese dishes, including sushi, pot pie and Japanese soup.
A report last year by the WWF found that more than 20 percent of the fish caught in Japan were endangered, including the endangered tuna and swordfish.
The WWF said the fund will be administered by the Japan Fisheries Agency, which will be managed by the government.
Japan is the largest producer of tuna, and the country also exports swordfish and swordtail to China, Malaysia and Vietnam.