Fishermen Worried About Safety of Tourists 漁船捕撈作業時潛水客突接近 漁民心驚

It is both fishing season and tourism season in Liuqiu, and the two sectors are at odds with each other. Officials will meet in coming days to discuss safety issues and the implementation of new restrictions.


Fisherman: “If there is a crash, the diver could have fainted. That's too close. It's too dangerous.”

Divers in Liuqiu appear alongside fishing boats, posing a danger to themselves and fishing crews.

Mr. Tsai, Fisherman: “Recently, a type of fish has migrated back to this area. The fish swims around fishing boats and (divers) don't have any signs. It's too dangerous. If there are waves, boats can't see them.”

Fishermen say they can take every precaution in the world and still end up injuring divers. The local Fishermen's Association says free-diving zones should be established in five popular diving areas to protect the safety of tourists and the rights of fishing crews.

Tseng Yu-tsung, Guidance Director, Liu-chie Fishermen's Association: “To prevent safety-related accidents and protect the rights of fishing crews, our association supports appropriate restrictions by the Ocean Affairs Council.”

The Taiwan Free Diving Association says diving floats and markers have to be used anytime someone is in the water. Officials will meet on the 25th to discuss restrictions in Liuqiu's free diving areas.

Wu Bing-yu, Spokesperson, Taiwan Free Diving Association: “We also hope the government can keep the principles and set a few exceptions to discuss and protect the rights of free divers.”

It will be a challenge for the government to find a way to keep tourists safe without affecting the rights of fishing crews.

 

 


漁民說道:「這要是絞下去就昏倒了,太靠近了,太危險。」

小琉球的潛水愛好者出現在漁船的作業海域,加上進入捕撈季節,漁船和潛客太靠近,看得漁民膽顫心驚。

漁民蔡先生指出:「最近有一種魚已經洄游到這個區塊,常常有漁船會在那邊上上下下這樣子,而且他們(潛客)也都沒有什麼標示,太危險。像今天有點浪的話,根本船看不到他們。」

漁民心情滿是無奈,因為就算再小心,也會有潛客突然出沒在海域,要閃也來不及閃,琉球區漁會表示,應先劃設包括大福漁港、杉福 、美人洞、龍蝦洞、花瓶石等5處自由潛水熱區,保障遊客安全和漁民權益。

琉球區漁會輔導股長曾毓宗表示:「為避免發生安全性的碰撞問題,保障漁民作業的權益,我們漁會的立場,是贊同海委會來限制適當的(區域)。」

台灣自由潛水發展協會認為,不論去玩或是去訓練,都一定要配備浮球,攜帶潛水標浮標,遇到船隻才能主動示警,相關單位也將在25日開會,討論限制小琉球可以自由潛水的區域。

台灣自由潛水發展協會發言人吳秉宥說道:「我們也期待主管機關,可以秉持著原則開放,例外管理的精神,來深入探討自由潛水的管理方案。」

針對自由潛水和船舶航行範圍重疊的情況,觀光和漁民生計該如何兼顧,考驗主管機關進一步討論找出平衡,現在漁民只希望,相關管理方式儘快出爐,否則每次出海都是風險。