IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Vulnerable Red List Criteria
Mincarone, M.M. & Mok, H.-K. Reviewer/s
Polidoro, B., Knapp, L. & Carpenter, K.E. Contributor/s Justification
This species is only known from southeastern and southern Japan, where it is targeted by commercial fisheries in at least half of its known range. Mixed hagfish landings data from the southeastern portion of this species' range from 1980-1995 show a 70% decline with effort that has remaining consistent through this period. As this species is the most common in this fishing area, it is assumed that the majority of the catch is M. garmani
. The fishery has still not ceased despite low population levels. If only this regional decline is taken into account, a minimum of a 35% decline in population is estimated across the full extent of its known distribution over the past 25 years (three generations). This species is listed as Vulnerable under criterion A2bd.