Number of Formosan landlocked salmon reaches peak

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/15
By: Kuan Jui-pin and Chung Yu-chen

Photo courtesy of Shei-Pa National Park

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) New research results released Friday showed the number of Formosan landlocked salmon in Taiwan’s Shei-Pa National Park has reached 5,059, close to the maximum capacity of 5,800 that the park’s Qijiawan River can handle.

This endangered species of salmon has survived from the last Ice Age and is considered a national treasure in Taiwan.

Apart from Shei-Pa National Park’s decades-long efforts to protect the Formosan landlocked salmon, previous studies have found that the number of typhoons and floods also can influence the population of the species, the park’s management office said on Friday.

There had been fewer typhoons and floods from 2015 to 2018, which has led to a gradual recovery of the fish’s population, the office noted.    [FULL  STORY]

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