The SMM received the following two e-mails regarding our 29 June 2020 Presidential Letter to President Tsai of Taiwan in regards to conservation of the Taiwanese White Dolphin:
Dear Mr. Gonzalvo and Ms. Pabst:
I am writing on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen to thank you for your email dated June 29 expressing your concerns about efforts to preserve the Taiwanese white dolphin.
The Taiwan government has devoted extensive effort to protecting white dolphins and the marine environment, and as your email noted, we have had some measure of success. We also established an Ocean Affairs Council in 2018 to promote international cooperation and the sustainable development of marine resources. And in 2019, our Ocean Conservation Administration launched a plan to monitor the white dolphin population along Taiwan’s west coast, which helped to identify, track and protect individual dolphins.
Under this administration, sustainability is a core strategic principle that informs all major decisions, and all ministries and agencies will continue working together to balance environmental concerns, green energy development, and sound overall economic policy. We appreciate your efforts to highlight this issue while providing innovative solutions to help preserve threatened subspecies like the Taiwanese white dolphin.
On behalf of President Tsai, we thank you once again for your valuable input, and for contributing to the protection of Taiwan’s tremendous biodiversity.
Department of Special Affairs
Dear Dr. Pabst,
The Fisheries Agency of Taiwan has been informed by Dr. Chen Chi-chung, Minister of Council of Agriculture about your letter to our President Tsai Ing-wen dated June 29, 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your enthusiasm and dedication to the conservation of the marine ecosystem in Taiwan’s water.
To conserve and rationally utilize aquatic resources, to increase fisheries productivity and to promote sound fisheries development are priority issues of this Agency; in other words, this Agency places great emphasis on conservation of fishery resources and the sustainable development of fisheries, and to this end, we have various measures have been taken to properly control our fishing. For instance, for gillnet fisheries, that you have concerned about, since 2017, 2,722 gillnet vessels have been reduced for the actions taken by this Agency.
As for Taiwanese White Dolphin, it has been listed as one of the protected marine wildlife species by the Taiwan authority. Therefore, according to our requlation, it is now officially under the jurisdiction and management of the Ocean Conservation Administration, Ocean Affairs Council. Nevertheless, as the fisheries authority, this Agency has been promoting relevant conservation measures to our fishermen and they generally recognize the importance of conservation of the species as well.
For this conservation of this species, it is hoped that in the future, this Agency can continue to exchange views and cooperate with you and your organization, so as to ensure our mutual interests and common goals.