Fishermen head to Taiping Island protecting fishing right / 東港漁民組護島船隊 赴太平島取淡水          

Unsatisfied with the Hague's South China Sea Arbitration ruling's claims, Dong-Gang fishermen gathered and headed for the Taiping Island on July 20. They planned to bring freshwater back from the island and prove that it is a suitable human habitat. Meanwhile, 8 KMT and DPP legislators went to the Taiping Island by military transport aircraft to conduct a survey. On July 20, five fishing boats at the Yan-Pu Dong-Gang Fishing Harbor was ready for sail. The Dong-Gang fishermen were set to make a landing at the Taiping Island to protect their ancestral property and rights to fish in the South China Sea. ==LO CHIANG-FEI, event organizer== First, we will prove to the world that there is freshwater on the Taiping Island. It is definitely a suitable human habitat. Second, we hope that the government can toughen up on the issue. We will cooperate perfectly with the government. The fishermen called for the government to set a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and protect their safety while fishing. However, the Fisheries Agency said the fishermen's acts could be illegal since the boat they took was a living fish transportation boat. It can only perform a point to point navigation. Meanwhile, 8 KMT and DPP legislators formed an inspection team and went to the Taiping Island by a military transport aircraft. ==CHIANG CHI-CHEN, KMT legislator== We will prove to the world that there is freshwater on the Taiping Island. There is potable water at the 5th water well. ==WANG TING-YU, DPP legislator== We will see what the military lacks and bring information back to the National Defense Committee. We hope the annual budget can increase, so that the military personnel's hard working could be paid off. We will assure their safety as well. After visiting several facilities such as solar power facility and weather station, the legislators came back to Taiwan in the evening. TRANSLATED BY:ARIEL HSIEH 集結在屏東鹽埔漁港,5艘漁船掛滿國旗,旗海飄揚伴隨鑼鼓聲,準備出航。屏東東港漁民自主發起「保祖產,護主權」登太平島活動,20號上午將近11點時出發,要彰顯維護南海漁權。 ==活動發言人 羅強飛== 我們要登島取水 向國際證明說 太平島上面有淡水 而且絕對是適合 人類居住的一個島 第二 藉由這個活動 我希望政府要硬起來 我們民間全力配合 呼籲政府態度強硬,劃設200海浬經濟海域,維護台灣漁民安全,而之前因沖之島礁事件被日本扣押的東聖吉16號船長父親也到場聲援。不過,活動召集人鄭春忠所有的海吉利號,屬於活魚運搬船,只能點到點航行,恐涉及違規出海,漁業署表示,將檢視完整行程再認定。 ==漁業署長 陳添壽== 他出去 我們要看他情節之後 按照相關的規範來檢視 就是說 你這一艘活魚運搬船 嚴重的話 就是會撤銷他的執照 否則的話就是可能會嚴重到 一個月 兩個月或是怎麼樣 同一天,國民黨和民進黨8位立委組成考察團,上午搭乘C-130運輸機,由屏東機場前往太平島。 ==國民黨立委 江啟臣== 五號井太平水 這個向全世界證明 太平島是有水的 而且這個水是可以喝的 不僅飲用島上淡水,考察團還參觀戰備演練。 ==民進黨立委 王定宇== 需要補強的 我們國防委員會 會帶回到委員會 希望在年度預算 裡面可以反映出來 讓官兵的辛苦 能夠有更安全的保障 藍綠立委並了解島上太陽能、氣象站等設施,隨即在下午返抵屏東機場。 記者 李淑蘭 孟昭權 屏東報導

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