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Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”

Taoyuan City Mayor Wen-tsan Cheng today (18) conducted the opening ceremony for “The FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day” event at Xinwu TAE Environment Education Park. The event based on the theme of protecting the marine environment and ecology is being hosted by Taoyuan City Government to promote World Ocean Day and raise public awareness on the issue of marine protection. Minister Hsian-wen Huang from the Ocean Conservation Administration, Ocean Affairs Council, Director-General Li-teh Lu from the Department of Environmental Protection, Taoyuan City, and guests were invited to take part in the launch of the event.

On December 5, 2008, the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution No. 111 designating June 8 as “World Oceans Day.” The resolution called upon all nations of the world to use the day as an opportunity to salute the oceans on which mankind depends for its survival, to understand the tremendous value contained within the oceans, and work together to protect the health of the oceans through the careful handling of issues such as global pollution and depletion of fishery resources. A series of ocean-related events are hosted for World Oceans Day by governments and communities in many countries around the world each year to raise public awareness on the importance of protecting the marine ecological environment. As a member of the global village, the protection of the oceans is an important responsibility of Taoyuan City. We, therefore, hope that all residents can roll up your sleeves and join in looking after the ocean.

Taoyuan City Mayor Wen-tsan Cheng said that people’s lives as well as social and economic activities have been greatly changed by the COVID-19 epidemic this year (2020). Its impact on many people’s way of life is a reminder that every living creature of Mother Nature is worthy of respect. The format for this year’s World Oceans Day was therefore changed from the 1-day event of previous years to a series of events held over 9 days from July 18 through to July 26. The events are designed to convey the following message: The pursuit of continued economic development should not turn our beautiful homeland into a “Foolish Man’s Island” through over-fishing and destruction of ecosystems; instead, we should become a “FisherMan Island” where everyone works together to protect and watch over our precious marine resources. By combining the resources of government agencies and private enterprise, a variety of ocean motifs can be used to promote greater public understanding, affinity, and love for the sea. All city residents and their families are encouraged to venture outdoors and join in expressing their respect and gratitude to the sea.

Mayor Cheng said that Taoyuan has around 46 km of coastline containing many precious natural sights and important wildlife habitats. The northernmost Xucuogang Important Wetland (wetland of national importance) through to Caota Sand Dunes, Guansin Algal Reefs Ecosystem Wildlife, and Xinwu Stone Weirs are all precious natural ecological resources that should be protected. Conservation areas have now been designated by Taoyuan City Government to strengthen their protection under the Wetland Conservation Act, Wildlife Conservation Act, and Cultural Heritage Preservation Act. The creation of “Caota Sand Dunes Geopark” announced by the city on June 11 this year made it Taoyuan City’s first geopark and the only geopark in Taiwan dedicated to the protection of sand dunes. “Chaoyinhai Scenic Trail” in Taoyuan City’s Dayuan District was also opened on June 16 to provide the public with a great place to experience the natural beauty of the sand dunes. The “Marine Hakka Beach Seine Cultural Center,” the first museum in Taiwan dedicated to the spirit of marine Hakka and Taiwanese beach seine, opened its doors on June 19 as well. Everyone is invited to make a day trip to these four highlights of Taoyuan’s coastal ecology as part of the event.

Mayor Cheng also noted that “The FisherMan Island” exhibition based on themes of “Fun, Exploration, Knowledge” for this year’s (2020) World Oceans Day features 18 exhibits every day including weekends. In addition to the four highlights of Taoyuan City’s coastal ecology, a marine environmental education platform was also set up to showcase specialist technologies such as water quality monitoring, marine weather monitoring, low-temperature aquaculture technology, coast guard operations, and microplastics surveying. Artworks related to marine waste are also on display. City residents are encouraged to come outside and take part in this very meaningful marine education event.

TYDEP Director-General stated that ten experts long involved in marine topics and research have been invited to hold seminars and workshops on Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition period. These sessions will be both fun and educational. Interactive family activities with a marine theme have been organized for weekends as well including ocean-themed costumes, dancing competition for parent-child teams, YOYO family performance on the lawn, Wu Chou Yuan Puppet Theater, Paper Windmill Theatre’s first public performance after rising from the ashes, as well as an outdoor game on marine education by the “Skidschool” family education group. The activities, performances, and games will convey the philosophies of marine environmental and ecological protection in a fun atmosphere.

Director-General Lu said that all of the pavilions on FisherMan Island will have a challenging activity during the exhibition. Successful challengers on the day will all receive a special gift. TYDEP has also combined DIY workshops with large art installations made from marine waste. All residents are welcome to join in applying their ingenuity by turning marine waste into art. They can then unleash their creativity while also learning about the concept of waste reduction in life. A “Marine Post Office” will be on hand for visitors to send their thoughts to the big blue sea. Everyone is welcome to bring their friends to explore FisherMan Island and visit Xinwu to experience the beauty of Taoyuan’s coastline!

Guests at today’s opening ceremony for “The FisherMan Island - 2020 World Oceans Day” included: Taoyuan City Mayor Wen-tsan Cheng, Minister Hsian-wen Huang (Ocean Conservation Administration, Ocean Affairs Council), Director Min-fang Huang (Northern Branch, Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council), Legislator Shih-chieh Huang, Councilor Shu-fang Cheng, Councilor Chia-liang Chiu, Director-General Cheng- chuan Kuo (Department of Agriculture, Taoyuan), Director-General Li-teh Lu (Department of Environmental Protection, Taoyuan), Director Li-chang Lin (Office of Coast Administration Construction, Taoyuan), Chief Wen-lin Luo (Environmental Maintenance and Inspection Division, Taoyuan), Chief Fu-chun Huang (Yangmei Precinct, Taoyuan Police Department), Xinwu District Executive Yi-kuen Jiang, President Jen-chiang Hsieh (Fisher’s Association of Taoyuan District), President Kuo-chieh Yeh (Jhongli Fishermen’s Association), President Ren-jie Hsu (Taoyuan Stone Weir Association), President Yu-sheng Huang (Ocean Hakka Leisure and Agriculture Association of Xinwu District, Taoyuan City), President Jen-fu Li (Ayshiang Association of Xinwu District, Taoyuan City), Village Chief Mou-ching Huang, Village Chief Cheng-miao Yeh, Village Chief Te-liang Liu, Village Chief Liang-huang Huang, General Manager Jui-chi Huang (Taoyuan Refinery, Refining Business Unit, CPC Taiwan), Assistant Manager Yao-jin Peng (Far Eastern New Century), General Manager Ching-chu Peng (Oriental Green Materials Ltd.), Professor Meng-chou Li (National Taiwan Ocean University, Professor Tso-ren Wu, Professor Hwa Chien and Professor Chih-cheng Huang from National Central University, Director Shih-wei Wang (National Museum of Natural Science), Manager Hsiang-lun Lo (wpd Taiwan), Mr. Ai-meng Cheng (Fish Heart), and Principal Ta-kuei Chen (Taoyuan Municipal Xin Wu Senior High School).

 

Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”

 

Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”

 

Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”

 

Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”

   

Opening Ceremony for “FisherMan Island - 2020 Taoyuan World Oceans Day”