A pond in Taitung and its ecology have been threatened in recent years by the invasion of foreign aquatic plants such as the water hyacinth, and foreign fish species. Efforts are now underway to fix these problems and a series of fishing competition is being held to rid the pond of unwelcome fish.
Cheshang Township's Dapo pond is a beautiful part of the Hualien-Taitung rift valley and has been designated as an important national wetland. Fishing has always been prohibited here. However, from now until the end of the year, the public is allowed to fish. The only fish which are allowed to be caught are catfish and janitor fish as they are foreign species. They grow quickly and eat native fish species in the pond. Dapo pond's ecology has been impacted by foreign species for at least a decade, so the local administrative office allowed fishing this year to reduce the damage done by these fish.
==CHANG YAO-CHENG Cheshang Township Mayor==
According to our research, catfish and janitor fish account for about 50% of the population, because they're more aggressive.
For every one kilogram of these fish caught it is offering a NT$50 product discount coupon to encourage people to participate.
==MR. YANG Member of the Public==
That's good, it's one way to encourage people, not bad.
==MR. LIU, Member of the Public==
When we catch the janitor fish, we usually throw it away. But now, you get coupons for catching them.
Its statistics show that for the week or so of fishing so far, 100 kilograms of foreign fish have been caught. It has prepared NT$100,000 of product discount coupons to encourage people to come and remove foreign fish species from the pond.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
很好啊 這種是一種鼓勵 算很好了
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