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    Chiayi County Township Expands Fish Conservation Program

    Shoals of shovelmouth carp in the Danaiku Ecological Park.The Chiayi County township of Danaiku is expanding its successful local conservation program by boosting fish stocks in other area streams. The township banded together a few years ago and created a very successful grassroots program to protect the township's traditional fishing grounds from illegal electrical and cyanide fishing. The resulting Danaiku Ecological Park is now showcase program and the town's streams teem with fish--mostly striped dace and shoveljaw carp--which tour groups can tour and view. The township is now launching an combined tree planting and fish stocking program to improve conditions in other area streams within the Zengwen River drainage.


    Taiwan fishermen to be asked to bring in sharks intact

    This seems like a step in the right direction. We'll see how it plays out.

    Taipei, July 10 (CNA) Taiwan will next year become the first Asian country to ban fishermen from bringing in dismembered sharks, as part of efforts to prevent finning, a local report said Sunday. 

    Photo by CNATaiwan's Fisheries Agency (FA) under the Council of Agriculture expects to implement a new regulation to force fishermen to keep shark catches intact until they arrive in port, with violators set to face fines or suspension of their fishing licenses. 

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    Taiwan working hard on shark conservation: fishery official

    Photo by CNATaipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Local people's lust for shark-fin soup has again become the target of international criticism as a report issued Thursday listed Taiwan as one of the world's "Top 20" shark catchers, although local officials said the country has done much to protect the fish.

    The report, released by the British conservation group TRAFFIC and the U.S. Pew Environment Group, said a United Nations' scheme to preserve the world's sharks has been a resounding failure and pinned the blame on Indonesia, India, Spain, Taiwan and 16 other major catchers of the fish.

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    Professor Publishes Book on Plight of Fomosan Landlocked Salmon

    Photo by CNAThe Formosan salmon is probably one of the most endangered species on the island. Though it is not a game fish as it is protected in Taiwan, it is worth noting that is a subspecies of the cherry salmon, a popular sport fishing species in Japan and Korea. The following story highlights many of the problems of overdevelopment and human encroachment affecting all native fish species on the island, including game fish.

    Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) A university professor who has spent nearly half of his career researching the endangered Formosan landlocked salmon recently published a book to raise awareness in Taiwan of how the species should be better protected.

    James Wang, a professor with National Taiwan Normal University's Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, said Taiwan should try to save the species not simply because it is rare, but because there
    exists a direct relationship between its population distribution and the environment.

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    The Changing Face of Angling in Taiwan

    My friend Patrick recently did me a solid by posting a small promo about this site on his blog. The post elicited the following response from a reader identified only as “Anonymous.”

    “It is said that more people start fishing when recession hits the society harder. I don’t know if it is because more people are out of work or they need fish for food. The rivers are so clean when we left the island years back but we have kept hearing that the streams are all polluted and contaminated nowadays. We are cautioned not to eat too much fresh water fish in the States for avoiding mercury poisoning. Are those anglers in Taiwan fishing just for the sake of enjoying the game of fishing or supplement their catch for food?”

    It’s a good question and raises some interesting issues that got me thinking. The short answer is no, most anglers out on the water today are there because they want to relax and/or enjoy the thrill of hooking and landing something they can brag about at the office on Monday. The guy fishing just to put food on the table still exists. I watched a trio of men netting tilapia in Sanxia other day as if the lives of their families depended on it. It turned out they were just having a riverside cookout (in downtown Sanxia!).

    To me, the broader question is this: is the face of recreational fishing changing in Taiwan and where is it going? Can the growth of recreational fishing have a positive impact on the local economy and natural environment?

    Anglers crowd breakwater at Badouzih fishing port in Keelung. PHOTO: CNA

    I’ve only lived in Taiwan for a little more than a decade, but from what I have observed first hand and from what I have learned from others, there does seem to be something of a sport fishing renaissance afoot on the island. Anonymous’ question hints at the belief that fishing in Taiwan is more of a subsistence activity than recreation, and therefore it remains the domain of the working class. Fishing for sustenance was a big part of rural life before local economy boomed in the ’80s and there is still a prejudicial association with those days--even for sport angling--among a small segment of the population. Certainly recreational angling still remains popular among lower income groups because it is relatively cheap to get into on the basic level and recent statistics have shown that the fishing industry has grown during the recent economic downturn.

    However, this view ignores the reality that more and more middle and upper income individuals are rediscovering angling. I say rediscovering, because many of today’s Taiwanese middle class grew up in more humble conditions than they enjoy today and more than a few probably spent their childhoods hooking tilapia with their uncles, aunties and grandparents in rural canals. Today those former kids with cane poles are kitted out in NT$10,000 worth of top-of-line Japanese gear and paying NT$7,000-a-head on offshore charters.

    It is the emergence of this new class of angler that some are hailing as potential cash cow for the island’s ailing commercial fishing harbors. That’s not accounting for the foreigners. At the moment, Taiwan is more or less off the map with respect to the globe-trotting sport fishing community, overshadowed in Asia by Japan, Thailand and smaller tropical islands. That could change if the government made an effort to promote the Taiwan as an international sport fishing destination by making charters and guiding services more accessible to tourists. As any foreigner will tell you, it’s not exactly easy to book or even find information on a fishing charter in Taiwan.

    It’s fair to wonder what impact additional pressure would have on the region’s already heavily depleted fish stocks. I’m optimistic that education and sustainable practices like catch-and-release can work in Taiwan. Catch-and-release is already an accepted practice amongst most foreign anglers, so I doubt that sport fishing tourism will have much of a negative impact on fish stocks, and certainly nothing on the scale of the damage wrought by commercial practices like long-lining, bottom trawling and drift netting.

    On the contrary, the popularity recreational angling could be the best thing for the local environment. In the West, hunting and fishing groups have often been on the forefront of successful conservation efforts. Two stand-out examples are Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited, who have done much to preserve and rehabilitate wetlands and waterways in North America. The bottom line is that devoted anglers know the best way to ensure that they and future generations can enjoy their pastime is to work to improve existing environmental conditions.

    The cynics may say that these attitudes could never take hold in Taiwan, but I’ve seen with my own eyes local fishing club members cleaning up patches of shoreline, and I’m not just talking about picking up their own empty cans and line cuttings. I’ve seen the members of the island’s fledgling fly fishing community practicing catch-and-release. It’s not such a leap to imagine anglers pushing for stricter environmental protections for Taiwan’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

    To answer Anonymous’ original question: Why are people in Taiwan fishing, for food or fun? I would say both. But if they want to keep enjoying all that angling has to offer, local anglers are going to have to take a stand on how they and their fellows approach sport fishing, and decide whether they are willing to be stewards of the very special resource from which they derive so much enjoyment.


    Ishigaki fishers seek pact with Taiwan, brace for China's advance

    I missed this news piece the other day about the disputed Diaoyutai Islands between Japan and Taiwan. These mostly uninhabited islands are a favorite stop not only for commercial fishing boats from Japan, China and Taiwan, but also sport fishing boats looking a variety of big pelagic species like dogtooth tuna and amberjack, to name a few.

    ISHIGAKI, Dec. 3, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- Fishers from Ishigaki island in Okinawa, which has administrative jurisdiction over the disputed Senkaku Islands, have called on the central government to deal with the increasing presence of Taiwanese fishing boats in nearby waters, which they say threatens their safety and livelihood.

    Ishigaki islanders have also been largely perplexed by the escalation in tensions between Tokyo and Beijing following the Sept. 7 collisions between a Chinese trawler and Japanese patrol boats near the Japan-controlled Senkakus in the East China Sea, which exacerbated a longstanding spat over the chain of five tiny uninhabited islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

    Located some 170 kilometers southeast of the islands, which remain a powder keg for the three Asian economies, fishers of Ishigaki often venture into waters near the Senkakus by navigating for about six hours to reach ''a sea of treasure'' harboring tuna, bonito and snapper. Read more

    Diaoyutai Islands are claimed by Taiwan, Japan and China.