GREEN ISLAND – east coast diving (off Taitung)
June 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
We’ve only been to the island for one-day (in 2003). Everyone was out diving and the water visibility looked blue enough to be 100 foot plus. Following news in Taipei Times over the years seems to show that the underwater ecology around the island is in need of better protection from both the visitors and the locals. No easy task and probably a lot of effort required. However, even a badly damaged area will bounce back in a few years. Green Island waters are constantly being refreshed by currents so it won’t be too difficult a task – it just requires the right people to get it happening. Plenty of underwater video on YouTube. We’ll post something here.
The fish artwork is an ink impression taken from the fish. Species is similar to Australia’s Black Cod – a fine-textured flesh superior to Giant groper (elsewhere called grouper).
They are a slow-growing species which I fear might easily become rare in the shallows around Green Island.
Exactly what is happening at Green Island with diving, spear fishing, coral collecting is not clear to me.
The island is far enough offshore to catch the blue water currents and therefore is potentially perfect for diving.
Balancing this asset against the interests of others who seek short-term instant rewards from the sea will require talented negotiations.
A bit difficult if insufficient understanding of marine ecology is absent.
The answer seems simple. Protect the diving sites from all forms of fishing, fish collection (for aquariums) and removal of coral.
This provides an asset that lasts a long time – but never forever.
Divers do minor damage, but slowly. Eventually this needs management.
Some tips from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in Townsville on managing coral reefs and fishing might be a good starting point.