Matsu’s Blue Tears a sign of Environmental Crisis

[Picture: Lienchiang County Government] Pictures that went viral on the Internet showing the beauty of “blue tears” in the ocean around the Matsu Islands are actually a sign of an environmental crisis, according to sources cited in a report on Liberty Times Network. Between April and September, bioluminescent plankton emit a blue light, resulting in a phenomenon locals on the Matsu Islands call “blue tears.” The plankton, known to science as dinoflagellates, feed on nutrients in the water. While the

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Manta Ray Rehabilitated: What’s Next?

A giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris) rescued after being caught as by-catch in a fisherman’s net off the coast of Hualian County in February, has adapted well to its captive environment. Researchers at the Eastern Marine Biology Research Center say that the manta ray’s injuries have healed, and the 150 kilogram animal is consuming 10 to 15 kilograms of Antarctic krill every day. The ray was moved to a pool at the research facility after being caught on February

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EPB Acts on Pollution After Pictures Exposed on Social Media

[Cover Picture: Facebook user 張仁吉] Pingtung County Environmental Protection Bureau will will levy fines on eight livestock farms, after tracing the source of raw manure that fouled-up a drainage channel in Wandan Township, Pingtung County. The Environmental Protection Bureau acted after pictures were posted on Facebook April 2. The original poster wrote in Chinese “when you’re angry, you tell people to eat shit! I will say: “Welcome to Pingtung!”” Facebook users responding to the post questioned whether the EPB was

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Power Plant Spews Soot over Neighboring Districts

A technical problem at a power station this morning caused one of its three chimneys to emit a pall of thick, black smoke containing sooty ash, which fell on the surrounding district. At around 11:00am, residents around the Hsieh Ho Power Station in Keelung City noticed a thick black cloud of smoke coming out of one of the power station’s chimneys. Black soot rained on cars and blackened people’s clothing. A broadcast from the power station’s office warned residents to

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Nuclear Power Plant Firefighters Threaten Strike over Unpaid Wages

[Cover picture: Liberty Times Network] Firefighters at Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant (3rd Nuclear) (馬鞍山核能發電廠 or 核三) in Pingtung County, Taiwan have threatened to strike after two months in three of unpaid wages. Local residents expressed concern about safety at the nuclear power plant after the 45 first responders to any emergency incident at the plant were left unpaid for December and February. Liberty Times Network

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Fishing Contest to Target Exotic Species

A group of 40 expert anglers will gather at Lotus Pond (蓮池潭) in Kaohsiung City this Sunday, March 19, to compete in a lure fishing contest targeting invasive predatory species including the giant snakehead. Kaohsiung City Council members Chen Mei-juan (陳玫娟) and Qiu Jun-xian (邱俊憲) told reporters that exotic species had become a serious problem in the lake, requiring a considerable expenditure of manpower and resources. Invasive species include jaguar fish (Cichlasoma managuense), Amazon Peacock Bass (Cichla ocellaris), red devil

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Green Island Tainted by Oil Spill

At least 8 kilometers of coastline on Green Island in Taitung County has been contaminated by heavy oil, according to reports verified by coast guard officials stationed on the island. Liberty Times Network reported that reports of the oil spill began around 7:00pm March 10. Taitung Environmental Protection Bureau sent a team to investigate the oil spill. Saturday morning March 11, investigators found that around 10 kilometers, or around one-third of the island’s coastline had been contaminated by heavy oil.

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Another Rare Porpoise Found Dead: Two in Four Days

The carcass of an Indo-Pacific finless porpoise was found washed up on the coast of New Taipei City’s Wanli District, at around 5:00pm on the evening of February 3. It is the second member of the vulnerable species to be found dead in just four days. Eight Indo-Pacific finless porpoises were recorded washed up on the coast of Taiwan in the eighteen years between 1998 and 2016. A juvenile female was found on a beach in Shimen District of New

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Rare Porpoise Washed Up On New Taipei City Beach

The remains of a rarely-seen Indo-Pacific finless porpoise was found washed up on a beach in New Taipei City’s Shimen District yesterday, January 31. Members of Taiwan Cetacean Society, along with officials from New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office, identified the animal as a one year old juvenile female. They estimated it had been dead about 2 days. The body showed signs of injury, but it is unknown if it was injured before it died, or damaged

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Man Busted for Importing and Selling Exotic Ants

Police and Council of Agriculture officials raided a residence in Miaoli County this morning and confiscated thousands of live ants imported from China. The haul included species that could cause significant damage to Taiwan’s ecology, and agricultural industry. A 35 year old man surnamed Liu imported the ants from China after purchasing them on the Tabao network. He had been using Facebook to sell the ants. More than 1,000 ants were seized consisting of various species, some of which were

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Crew Airlifted Off Stricken Freighter Near Kaohsiung

The crew of a Panamanian-registered cargo vessel was airlifted to safety when the ship listed and started to sink 26 miles west of Kaohsiung this morning, January 14, 2017. Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense reported that the National Rescue Command Center received a mayday message at 10:42am this morning. An airforce EC225 helicopter was dispatched to airlift the 13-person Indonesian nationality crew. The ship appears to belong to Chinese shipping company Guandong Tongcheng Shipping.

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