Reopened Fuji fish market improves transparency: gov't
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The New Taipei City Government touted enhanced price transparency as one of the key improvements at Fuji Harbor, as its renowned seafood market in Northern Taiwan reopened recently after renovations.
March 10, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The government requested seafood sellers at Fuji Harbor Fish Market to offer customers three sets of scales and to improve kitchen transparency to ensure that they will not be cheated by vendors.
After months of work at the harbor, New Taipei City Agriculture Department Commissioner Liao Jung-ching (廖榮清) said the fish market now consists of two blocks: fresh food in A block and a food court in B block.
Tourists can buy fresh seafood from A block and ask restaurants in B block to cook it for them, Liao said, and then can dine on it in the food court.
Liao said the market had lost its credibility due to its failure to clearly mark prices, and due to tourists' concerns that restaurants would not serve them the complete amount of seafood handed over to be cooked.
As part of the relaunch, Liao said the city government demanded sellers place scales at public areas in A block to allow buyers to ensure they receive the amount that they pay for.
If customers believe they have been shortchanged, they can report the vendor to the city government, Liao said. At first the government will issue a warning, but if the vendor reoffends they may be prohibited from operating in the market.
Liao went on to say that it was his idea to establish transparent kitchens at the restaurants, giving diners the chance to monitor how their seafood is cooked.
“It will (also) be fun to look at the cooking process,” Liao said.
New Taipei's Agriculture Department said there are 42 sellers in A-block, including 36 stores selling fresh seafood, six selling dried seafood and souvenirs. There are six restaurants in B block.
Liao said the department is working with the Transportation Department to establish a weekend shuttle bus route between the Tamsui MRT Station and Fuji Harbor Fish Market.
One-day tour packages around the North Coast are also being considered.