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Needless to spray
Members of the 9th Patrol Flotilla of the Coast Guard Administration are seen executing a water rescue operation while firefighters also practice extinguishing a fire ashore near the Fu Kuo Duen fishing port. The 9th Patrol Flotilla patrols around the outlying county of Kinmen.
 
A Greater bridge
A view of the uncompleted Kinmen Bridge, which is expected to connect Greater Kinmen and Lesser Kinmen by July 2017. Lawmakers yesterday condemned the slow pace of construction work, which started in 2011 and so far is only 38 percent complete. The Legislature's Transportation Committee demanded that builders make improvements by this June 25 or lose their contract.
 
After fish slaying, only 6 endangered humphead wrasses left
The Council of Agriculture's Forestry Bureau (林務局) confirmed Sunday that only six of the protected species humphead wrasse (龍王鯛) are still in the wild on outlying Green Island, after a killing of one of the species by a local bed-and-breakfast owner led to a public outcry, according to multiple reports by the Central News Agency (CNA).
 
Kinmen flooded
Rescue teams transport residents on floatable rescue craft in Kinmen County, Sunday, May 22. The offshore island was inundated with sudden and heavy rains of more than 100 millimeters from Saturday evening, May 21 leaving hundreds of residents in knee-deep water. Firefighters and troops were mobilized to help ferry residents to dry ground.
 
Two Chinese men were indicted Tuesday by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office on charges of illegally harvesting coral and catching turtles in waters near the Dongsha Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan.
 
A massive beach-cleaning effort was launched in Kinmen Saturday, drawing local government staff, military personnel, voluntary workers and residents from around the offshore county.
 
Ninety-nine problems, but her family ain't one
A 99-year-old grandmother from the Lieyu Township of the offshore county of Kinmen, fifth from right, named Lin Fang Wu-li, poses with all her children and grandchildren to share her glory of being awarded as a paragon mother by Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-hai, sixth from right, at the county administration office.
 
Located just 2 kilometers from Xiamen city, the outlying island of Kinmen is naturally a place that interests many of the city's residents. Many have been visiting Kinmen in the past few years, taking in the historical sites, such as former military tunnels and other installations that are a reminder of the war between the mainland and Taiwan in the 1950s.
 
A cargo ship from Niue, named "Yunhai," ran aground in waters about 1.3 nautical miles north of Niao Yu (Bird Island) of the Penghu archipelago in the early hours of Thursday, Feb. 25, said the National Search and Rescue Center.
 
The Kinmen Fisheries Research Institute has distributed a total of 26,800 oyster spat (oyster larvae) to local oyster farmers, who can expect to harvest them as early as this summer, according to the government-run research institute.
 
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