The China Post
Date: June 21, 2016
TAIPEI–An underwater mailbox in a popular diving area off Green Island has been removed after
it was reported to be damaging the seabed ecology in the area.
The red mailbox, named Ocean Post, was installed in the Shilang Diving Area May 11 in a project spearheaded by Chen Ying-ming, a Green Island based souvenir shop owner, to attract tourists.
Chen claimed that the postbox, installed on the seabed, posed no danger to the coral or marine life in the area in which it was situated.
However, people filed complaints with the Tourism Bureau a few days ago that the box was within a government proclaimed undersea protection area, and could affect the seabed ecology there, said the Taitung county government, which has jurisdiction over Green Island, Monday.
Soon after being informed by the bureau of the complaint, its fishery department notified Chen that he must remove the mailbox, the local government said, adding that the box was taken away earlier in the day. [FULL STORY]