This is an inner wharf at the Port of Hualien. There are signs everywhere reminding people that angling is prohibited. However, there are some anglers who ignore the signs to fish here, and will flee when spotted by the police.
The police are now making more of an effort to fine us for fishing. There's no sense in doing that, because fishing is the best leisure activity.
Angling is prohibited because the Port of Hualien is a commercial port. The Ocean Affairs Council recently launched new policies dealing with the sea, and the port decided to open up an eastern section to anglers under the premises that fishing would not affect ship navigation or port operations. Anglers can apply to fish in groups.
There were 23 angling activities last year, with 3,800 participants. There are presently five groups of anglers that take turns holding activities on Sundays.
Some anglers say the eastern section's terrain is too high for fishing, and they also had complaints about the rules of only allowing fishing in groups and on Sundays. They say angling should be allowed at more parts of the inner port.
It's safer in the inner port area, although I would rather fish here than have to cross over the tetrapods.
The port says merchant ships are constantly entering and exiting the inner port area, and it cannot allow fishing in this area to maintain navigational safety. It hopes anglers will comply with regulations. Anglers will be fined NT$600 to NT$3,000 and have their fishing gear confiscated for violations of the Commercial Port Law.