2022/7/3  
Rules must change to protect wildlife from water sports: Liuqiu officials (2022/06/23)
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    Rules must change to protect wildlife from water sports: Liuqiu officials (2022/06/23)

    Officials on the island of Liuqiu say local rules must change to protect wildlife from water sports. Diving and water sports are damaging the marine ecosystem, say experts, with beloved wildlife like sea turtles bearing the brunt of habitat destruction. Local businesses and residents agree, it’s time to take better care of local ecology. Liuqiu Island is one of Taiwan’s top tourist destinations. The coral island and its aquamarine waters attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

    It’s common to see green sea turtles drift happily in the seas around Liuqiu Island. But these lovable ocean dwellers are profoundly disturbed by humans in their habitat.

    Recently, this injured turtle was taken for emergency care. The cracks in its shell were probably caused by the propeller of a boat, experts say. The ecosystems of Liuqiu Island have been damaged by human activity for decades. Now Dapeng Bay Scenic Area officials have brought experts together to agree a new plan: a protected area where motorized water activities are banned.

    Su Jui-fang
    Dapeng Bay Scenic Area Administration
    The water recreation area will extend all around Liuqiu Island, generally 600 meters out from the high tide line. Within the area, motorized recreational activities will not be permitted – for example, the use of jet skis.

    The natural landscape of Liuqiu is exquisite, and understandably, tourists flock here at every opportunity. But to protect the natural world from harm, some lines need to be drawn. Residents and businesses we spoke to backed the plans.

    Chen Po-cheng
    Tour guide
    I agree with it, to protect the ocean from being destroyed.

    Mr. Chen
    Diving industry
    I support it. I think it’s good, to protect the ecology, we need clearer plans, so that local businesses and tourists know which areas are the important ecological protection zones.

    Reports often suggest that divers around Liuqiu are disturbing the turtles, and that some diving companies attach ropes to coral reefs. Officials plan to make new rules for that too.

    Su Jui-fang
    Dapeng Bay Scenic Area Administration
    The Dapeng Bay Administration will work with Pingtung County to make suggestions for diving zones.

    Business and local government are in agreement: Something needs to change. Ecologists hope the new zones will protect wildlife, while allowing locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature for many more generations.
    中文 Chinese  
    小琉球過量遊客衝擊生態 鵬管處將管制水上活動

    小琉球是著名的觀光景點,天然美景還有各種水上活動,每逢假日都吸引大批人潮,但過量遊客卻也衝擊環境生態,為了保護珊瑚礁岩、海龜等生態不受影響,鵬管處經過開會討論,將在特定範圍內禁止水上摩托車等動力水上活動,潛水也將畫定特別區域。消息一出,當地居民和業者都很贊同。

    屏東小琉球海域,經常可見綠蠵龜在水中悠遊自在,模樣可愛,但這海洋生物專屬的棲息地,卻經常遭到人類打擾。

    之前就發生海龜疑似遭到螺旋槳打到,右側龜甲破裂,傷勢嚴重。小琉球生態遭人為破壞的情形屢見不鮮,鵬管處召集相關單位開會討論,研擬特定區域不開放動力水上活動。

    [[大鵬灣管理處琉球管理站主任 蘇瑞芳]]
    “水域遊憩活動範圍是琉球嶼四周,以高潮線為主,往外六百公尺,不得從事動力式的水域遊憩活動,比如水上摩托車等等”

    小琉球擁有得天獨厚的天然美景,每逢假日總吸引大批人潮,如今為了保護生態,部分禁止水上活動,居民和業者都大表贊成。

    [[導遊 陳博正]]
    “這樣是蠻贊成的,保護海洋不被破壞”

    [[浮潛業者 陳先生]]
    “贊成啊,我覺得這樣也好,就保護生態,需要規劃清楚一點,讓當地業者,遊客知道,哪邊是重點生態保護區

    針對小琉球也經常傳出浮潛遊客騷擾海龜,甚至還有潛水業者在珊瑚礁岩上綁上潛繩,引發撻伐,未來也將做出規範,分區管制。

    [[大鵬灣管理處琉球管理站主任 蘇瑞芳]]
    “劃設潛水活動分區的建議,管理處將與屏東縣政府共同研商”

    政府單位和業者達成共識,將劃設特定區保護小琉球生態,要在觀光休閒和海洋生態間取得平衡。
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