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KAOHSIUNG ELIMINATES NON-NATIVE FISH SPECIES|清除外來魚種 蓮池潭舉行擬餌垂釣競賽

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-03-20
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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

高雄蓮池潭釣魚競賽清除外來魚種,上午舉辦一場特殊的釣魚競賽,釣友們以擬餌垂釣,不汙染水質,又能清除外來魚種,短短兩個小時,就接連釣上好幾10尾具有攻擊性的外來魚種,而最近日月潭也飽受魚虎入侵困擾,魚池鄉公所派人前來交流經驗。

週休假日,高雄知名景點蓮池潭,出現10多艘船,大家邊享受釣魚樂趣,一邊清除外來種魚類。

==台北釣友 邱俊英==
擬餌釣的話不像一般粉餌
會汙染水源
它是採木頭或是塑膠的
不溶解於水

以木頭或橡膠做成的擬餌,吸引外來魚種上鉤,不會汙染水域,同時,降低原生種生存壓力,比賽才開始兩小時,七星飛刀、紅魔鬼、皇冠三間等等,原本飼養在水族箱的觀賞魚,通通被釣上岸。

==活動負責人 邱俊方==
原本小的時候在水族館裡面
在水族箱裡面養起來
是非常非常好看
但是他餵食的食量魚量太大了
因此大家來不及
去承負成本時就棄養
七星飛刀是我們這邊
之前所見過最大的魚種
但想不到現在出現了魚虎

就連最近肆虐日月潭、無天敵的魚虎,再度出現,南投魚池鄉公所特地派人,南下交流經驗。

==魚池鄉觀光文化課長 巫玟賢==
雖然我們有曾經維護過
一段不錯的生態
但是久而久之
慢慢的那個生態又被破壞掉了
所以我們是專程來這邊借鏡

2009年高雄世運會舉辦前夕,蓮池潭曾以清池方式,徹底清除外來魚種,但沒想到,近幾年,民眾棄養放生,造成外來魚種數量又暴增,希望藉由釣魚活動推廣,讓民眾重視外來種危害的嚴重性。

記者 李淑蘭 孟昭權 高雄報導