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【SDG 14】Ocean Afforestation and Coral Restoration

Contributor: Kevin Lai (Intern)

Corresponding to the theme of the United Nations (UN) World Oceans Day on July 8, 2022, "Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean," the Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office of the Agricultural Department of New Taipei City planned a series of activities combining industrial, governmental, and academic resources and proactively promoting the maintenance, conservation, and restoration of marine ecology.

The Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office, Fulian Primary School, National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), and volunteers and teachers from the local marine conservation group Sea Angel (臺灣山海天使環境保育協會) released abalone and cuttlefish fingerlings that has been restored at the Marine Resource Restoration Park in Mao'ao Bay on June 17. New Taipei City has promoted marine education and enrich the marine ecosystem to increase the sustainability of marine resources.

Mayor Hou Yu-ih announced the launch of the New Taipei City Mountain and Ocean Afforestation Project: Ocean Afforestation and Coral Restoration on June 25, which is a joint project with the Ocean Conservation Administration, British Office Taipei, and NTOU. The Taipei City Government has cooperated with NTOU, achieving excellent coral restoration results. This year, coral planting in Mao'ao Bay is expected to continue in the hope of expanding coral ecology in the coastal area.

Photo by Manuel Elias

The UN General Assembly resolution on oceans and the laws of the sea designated June 8 as World Oceans Day; since 2009, World Oceans Day has encouraged countries to raise awareness of the problems of ocean pollution and the overconsumption of marine resources.

The Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office established the New Taipei Marine Guard Team in 2016 in cooperation with the Blue Ocean Fleet from the Department of Environmental Protection and with the assistance of civilians to continue to remove seabed nets and marine litter, thereby improving the marine environment and reducing the impact of human activity on the ocean. To balance marine resource conservation and fishery development, New Taipei City has also designated four conservation areas and five gillnet ban areas as well as two protective reef areas and seven artificial reef areas as closed to fishing; New Taipei City is working to combine the strengths of the industry, government, and academia to achieve the sustainability goal of protecting the ocean.

Competent Authority:Department of Agriculture

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