Gov't urged to set up rare dolphin protection zone
CNATAIPEI--Environmental activists and lawmakers from across party lines urged the government yesterday to set up a special zone to protect white dolphins and halt the declining population of the species in Taiwanese waters.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The number of white dolphins found in Taiwan had decreased from 66 in 2008 to 62 last year, which might indicate negative growth over the last five years, said Chou Lien-siang, a professor at the Department of Life Science of National Taiwan University.
Photographic evidence shows that the white dolphins are suffering high pressure off the west coast of Taiwan, as some of them have sustained serious injuries, Chou said.
As the white dolphin is listed as one of the most endangered marine animals by international environmental protection organizations, Taiwan might be punished if it does not take any action to change the situation, said ruling Kuomintang Legislator Chiau Wen-yan.