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ENCOURAGE CATCHING INVASIVE FOREIGN FISH SPECIES WITH DISCOUNT COUPONS|外來魚種危害大坡池 釣除可換禮券護生態

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-04-21
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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

台東池上的大坡池,這幾年來水域生態受到布袋蓮、水蓮花,以及外來種的魚類危害,因此鄉公所陸續進行整治,從這個月開始一直到年底,還舉辦釣魚換禮券活動,希望民眾來幫忙釣魚,讓外來種魚類的數量減少。

池上鄉大坡池不但是花東縱谷的優美風景區,也被列為國家級重要濕地,以往這裡禁止釣魚,不過從現在開始到年底,民眾可以來釣魚了。

開放釣魚,但只限琵琶鼠和俗稱「魚虎」的泰國鱧魚,因為這兩種魚,是強勢外來種,不但生長快速,又會吃掉原生在池裡的魚類,大坡池水域生態受外來物種影響,已經超過10年都無解,池上鄉公所今年特地開放,讓民眾一起釣魚除害。

==池上鄉長 張堯城==
依據我們的調查 這兩種魚類
佔整個數量來講 可能有50%
因為牠非常強勢

鄉公所還提供每釣到1公斤的外來種魚,就能換50元的商品抵用券,提高民眾參加意願。

==民眾 楊先生==
很好啊 這種是一種鼓勵 算很好了

==民眾 劉先生==
我們如果來釣
如果釣到琵琶鼠我們會丟掉
但是鄉長辦這個
釣到拿去交 還有禮券

鄉公所統計,到現在開放一個多禮拜,已經除掉了1百多公斤的外來魚,而鄉公所這次,一共準備了10萬元的商品抵用券,鼓勵民眾和遊客,一起把大坡池的外來魚釣走。

記者 章明哲 台東報導