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The “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program” was evaluated at the first place by Ocean Conservation Administration, as recognized by Mayor Hou

 
  • Date:2023-06-28
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【New Taipei City】 The “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program” launched together by New Taipei City Government and Ocean Conservation Administration was evaluated at the first place by the Administration with three other cities and counties. The outstanding performance was recognized by the award presented today (Jun 28) in the city administration meeting. Dr. Hou Yu-Ih, Mayor of New Taipei City, appreciated the hard works provided by all employees of the city hall, and hoped to work with the central government continuously in the promotion of ocean conservation education in the future, increase marine resources and jointly respond to the promotion of ocean conservation.

New Taipei City and National Taiwan Ocean University had joined force to organize the program of Coral Classroom for 4 consecutive years as an effort of coral restoration. However, the program went online in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The instructors led students to know and understand what are corals and why they are important. Every student taking the program was given a coral larva. At the end of the online program, the coral breeders helped them by planting their coral larvae on coral substrates and divers transplanted the substrates on the coral breeding tables at the bottom of ocean pool at the Ocean Resource Restoration Park for coral breeding and restoration. 10 sessions of the program were organized in 2022 for 500 participants, which means 500 coral larvae were planted in the coral farm of New Taipei City Ocean Resource Restoration Park. 

National Taiwan Ocean University indicated that the hardest part, which is taking care of these young corals, comes after the corals are planted. To ensure the corals grow up successfully, coral breeders dive into the coral farm to take care the corals periodically, remove large algae and pest sea snails covering the corals and document the corals’ growth. When a typhoon comes, the breeders have to relocate all the corals on the breeding tables of the coral farm into indoor breeding tanks, keeping them away from the devastating power of elements; and move them back into the coral farm as soon as typhoon is away, as to keeping the strong sunlight on land from compromising the growth of corals. The corals planted by the Coral Classroom grow up successfully thanks entirely to the meticulous efforts. 

Miss Zhang Li-Zhen, Director of Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office, New Taipei City, showed her gratitude to Ocean Conservation Administration for their recognition of New Taipei City Hall for the efforts in cooperating in policies like promotion of ocean conservation education and maintenance of marine ecology, improvement of marine environment, and ocean resource restoration. The City Hall will conduct ocean conservation education promotion and various marine conservation and restoration promotion activities continuously and actively to enhance public awareness of ocean conservation and build a healthy agricultural city.

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Online program of Coral Classroom at Ocean Resource Restoration Park as part of New Taipei City’s “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program” (open in a new window)Online program of Coral Classroom at Ocean Resource Restoration Park as part of New Taipei City’s “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program”jpg
Planting corals at the coral farm of Ocean Resource Restoration Park as part of New Taipei City’s “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program” (open in a new window)Planting corals at the coral farm of Ocean Resource Restoration Park as part of New Taipei City’s “2022 New Taipei City Ocean Conversation Education Promotion Program”jpg
Mayor Hou, Director Li Wen of Agriculture Bureau, Director Zhang Li-Zhen of Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office, and Chief Yu Yi-Chun of Fishery Technology Section. (open in a new window)Mayor Hou, Director Li Wen of Agriculture Bureau, Director Zhang Li-Zhen of Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office, and Chief Yu Yi-Chun of Fishery Technology Section.jpg
Update:2023-07-07