On March 19, a fishing race was held in Kaohsiung's Lotus Pond, where contestants were asked to catch invasive fish species using only lures, to prevent water contamination. Within two hours, dozens of non-native fish were caught. Recently, Yuchi Township's Sun Moon Lake has also been invaded by giant snakehead fish. The township government sent representatives to Kaohsiung to gain experience on handling invasive fish species.
On the Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung were boats carrying fishermen to catch non-native fish.
== CHIU CHUN-YING fisherman==
Unlike powder baits that could contaminate water, lures are made of wood or plastic, so they don't dissolve in water.
Using lures to catch non-native fish does not contaminate the water. It also leaves native ones undisturbed. Within two hours, aquarium fish species such as the clown knifefish, red devil, and butterfly peacock bass were caught.
== CHIU CHUN-FANG organizer==
The small ones look pretty in a fish tank, but as they grow, their appetite also grows. It takes more money to feed them. Those who couldn't afford it just simply abandoned the fish. We thought the clown knifefish were the largest in size here until we discovered the larger giant snakeheads.
Yuchi Township also sent representatives to Kaohsiung to exchange experiences due to the recent discovery of giant snakeheads.
==WU WEN-HSIEN Tourism and Culture Section, Yuchi Township==
We were able to maintain the ecosystem for a while. Unfortunately, it is being destroyed. We are here to learn how to restore it.
Despite a major project to eliminate exotic fish species in the Lotus Pond in 2009, people's release of fish has created yet another surge of non-native fish over the years. The organizer hoped that the event can help people realize the threats caused by invasive species.
Translated By LUKE CHIANG
記者 李淑蘭 孟昭權 高雄報導
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