Live-fire Drills to Be Launched Between End of June and July 2023 國防部.中科院規劃 明年6月底至7月再試射

Taitung fishermen lodged a complaint with the Ministry of National Defense last month about live-fire drills between April and June disrupting their work year after year. The ministry has announced it will contain its drills to between the end of June and July starting next year, but fishermen say July to September would be better.


A military boat approaches and asks the Taitung fishing boat to clear the area as there are live-fire drills going on. The fishermen are very unhappy to lose out on the mahi-mahi catch they've been waiting for. This has been an annual occurrence for decades. Fishermen say it's gotten worse this year and they can't fish two weeks out of every month. After local representatives and fishermen's associations filed a complaint with the Ministry of National Defense, the MND finally sent officials to Taitung on the 6th to meet with fishermen.

Chen Kun-chang, Chair, Taitung Fishermen's Association: “We can only work 15 days a month. How are we supposed to make a living?”

Lee Jung-lung, Chair, Xingang Fishermen's Association: “They are test-firing. Can't they wait until after July?”

The ministry has promised to hold its eastern Taiwan live-fire drills outside of fishing season next year and says it will give fishermen's associations early warning about upcoming drills. However, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology says it can't set test periods for weapons ahead of time. The institute said it would set up a platform in the future to let fishermen know when they can head out to sea.

Wei Chao-ling, Deputy National Defense Minister: “Starting in 2023, or next year, we will hold our live-fire drills between the end of June and July.”

Wu Tien-fu, Deputy Director, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology: “Once we set up this (reporting platform), fishermen's associations will be notified a day or two in advance (of drills).”

The ministry says relevant regulations were amended in 2020 to compensate fishermen for 30 percent of losses caused by military exercises. However, fishermen's associations say they have never even heard of this and are calling on the ministry to revise laws and protect their interests.

 

 

 

海面上一艘軍方的快艇遠遠的開過來,要求台東的漁民把船開走,因為有火砲試射,漁民很無奈,好不容易等到大批鬼頭刀洄游卻不能捕魚,生計大受影響。這種情況在台東已經有好幾十年,年年都發生,今年漁民感受特別嚴重,一個月有半個月以上不能出海,經過民意代表和漁會系統向國防部陳情,國防部終於在6號到台東聽取漁民意見。

台東區漁會理事長陳坤昌表示:「愈陳情打得愈厲害,一個月打15天,怎麼生活啊?」

新港區漁會理事長李榮隆說:「你們要射擊,要怎麼樣,是否可以延後到國曆的7月份以後?」

國防部承諾明年在東部外海的各軍種火砲試射,會避開漁汛期,在射擊前也會到漁會說明。但中科院表示,因為武器研發,無法訂出明確的測試時間,不過未來會跟漁會建立通報平台,管制原因消失就會立即通知撤銷管制,讓漁船出海。

國防部次長魏兆麟:「我們從112年度,也就是明年度,我們的實彈射擊就會訂在,6月底到7月這段時間。」

中科院副主任吳典黻:「我們建立(通報平台)這個管道以後,每次要做之前,前一兩天,我雖然匡了我到底做不做也有風險,我們會先跟各漁會在前兩天就通知他。」

針對漁民因為國軍演訓造成的損失賠償,國防部表示,109年已經修改睦鄰經費使用規定,各鄉鎮市公所申請後,要有30%撥給漁會。但漁會說根本沒聽過,要求國防部修法,讓受影響的漁民能直接受惠。

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