Society accuses China of illegal sand extraction

ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE: The Society for Wildlife and Nature said Chinese ships have dredged over 100,000 tonnes of sand daily from the Formosa Banks area

Taipei Times
Date: May 08, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

Chinese dredgers are pictured in an undated photograph.
Photo courtesy of Society for Wildlife and Nature president Jeng Ming-shiou

Accusing China of illegally extracting sand in the vicinity of the Formosa Banks and endangering the ecology, the Society for Wildlife and Nature yesterday called for government action to protect maritime resources that belong to Taiwan.

The society called for an cross-agency collaboration involving the ministries of justice, economic affairs and interior, and the Mainland Affairs Council to amend laws and give the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) a legal basis for protecting the shoal.

The shoal, which is near the median line of the Taiwan Strait, is a traditional fishing area for Penghu County fishers.

Chinese ships have dredged more than 100,000 tonnes of sand daily from the shoal over the past few years, which has altered the sand and sediment and poses a catastrophe for local marine ecology, society president Jeng Ming-shiou (鄭明修) told a news conference in Taipei.

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