Invasive fish target of Dapo Lake drive

COUPONS FOR KILOSThe Chihshang Township office had prepared 2,000 coupons worth NT$100,000 for its bounty drive, but has seen half the money claimed in one month

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2017
By: Wang Hsiu-ting, Lin Yen-tung and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writer

More than 1 tonne of invasive fish have been removed from Dapo Lake (大坡) in

Residents of Taitung’s Chihshang Township catch invasive foreign fish species at Dapo Lake on Monday to collect a bounty. Photo: Wang Hsiu-ting, Taipei Times

Taitung County a month after a bounty for such fish was announced, the Chihshang Township (池上) office said.

Chihshang Township Mayor Chang Jao-cheng (張堯城) said his office put a NT$50 (US$1.7) per kilogram bounty on invasive fish about a month ago.

The Dapo Lake ecosystem is increasingly threatened by armored catfish and snakehead murrel, the species that was thought to be responsible for biting a swimmer in Huoshuei Lake (活水湖) on Sunday, Chang said.

Taking advantage of local residents’ interest in fishing, Chang said he reopened the lake for recreational fishing with the prevision that the focus be on catching the pest fish.    [FULL  STORY]

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