By: Lillian Lin
Taitung, July 11 (CNA) Residents of Green Island, a small island off Taiwan’s eastern
coast, reminded tourists Saturday to drive slowly and watch out for land crabs crossing roads as they migrate to the sea to spawn in shallow coastal waters.
With the beginning of the crab spawning season, the owner of a bed and breakfast on the island initiated an action to protect the crabs. In addition to setting up signs asking motorists to drive slowly, residents of the island are forming guardian teams to escort crabs crossing the road in sections where there is heavier traffic.
Many school children and their teachers have joined the mission to protect the crabs.
The 16-square kilometer island is rich in ecological resources, including various crab species. The environment has been well preserved due to the island’s unique historical development. In the second half of the 20th century, many political prisoners and gangsters were imprisoned on the island and tourism was not encouraged. [FULL STORY]