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The red marking on the anterior end of the pericardial prominence / Photo by Yen-min Huang
Marine National Park Headquarters

A newrecorded species was discovered at the Dongsha Atoll National Park. Ercolania subviridis, a type of sea slugjust 0.2 ~ 0.3cm in length, was founding living in chaetomorpha algae.

Marine National Park Headquarters
Dr. Yuh-Wen Chiu,Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Science and EnvironmentalBiology, Kaohsiung Medical University,has collected a species that morphologically resembles the Neritina genus of the Neritidaefamily of sea snails.
Kenting National Park Headquarters
Kenting National Park's seacoast runs for approximately seventy kilometers. The west coast starts with Turtle Mountain and passes Nanwan, Kenting, Chuanfanshi, and Erluanbi before reaching Nanrenwan of the east coast.
After a decade of no shows, the rare migratory bird, "Asian Paradise-flycatcher", native to Asia, finally reveals itself again!
Fruitful Conservation Achievement: Chelonia mydas Returns to Dongsha Atoll National Park to Lay Eggs
Marine National Park Headquarters
The Marine National Park Headquarters (MNPH) and the Coast Guard Administration Southern Coastal Patrol Office Dongsha Command (Dongsha Command) discovered that the endangered species Chelonia mydas have returned to Dongsha Island of Dongsha Atoll National Park to lay eggs at around 00:00 on August 23, 2011.
From mountains to oceans – experience the scenery of Orchid Island
Marine National Park Headquarters

From November to January of next year, the Tao prepare for the next Flying Fish festival.

The biggest canoe made on Orchid Island for 100 years, "Si Mangavang Visit," successfully crossed the black current on June 29 after a solemn launch ceremony on June 25, arriving at Shangwu Fishing Harbor, Taidong. On June 30 it set off from Shangwu Fishing Harbor, heading along the coast of the Hengchun Peninsula, passing Xuhai and Chufengbi, before the crew of Tao braves took on the wild currents off Cape Eluanbi. The "Si Mangavang Visit" arrived at Bitou Fishing Harbor ahead of schedule, fully displaying the spirit of adventurousness that is characteristic of a Tao warrior.

Marine National Park Headquarters said that Tao warriors love to challenge the ocean and they crossed the fast-flowing currents off Cape Eluanbi directly from Taidong, with two crews taking it in turns to row, before arriving at Bitou Fishing Harbor, Eluanbi. The Tao crew had to overcome big wave and sea-puss in the waters off Jialeshui, to which they responded by calling out a few times and increasing the frequency and depth of their strokes, propelling the canoe through the large waves at high speed. The crew stated after that this stretch of ocean is similar to that between Orchid Island's Longmen Harbor and Little Orchid Island, so the waves and sea-puss didn't actually present much of a problem. Marine National Park Headquarters said that the canoe speed reached almost seven knots even though it had to battle against big waves and broken waves, impressing even the men of the Coastguard.

The moment when they passed Eluanbi Lighthouse was the most significant of the journey so far, as it was the most southerly point known to have ever been reached by a traditional Orchid Island canoe. Accompanied by the white froth of waves and jagged coral rock, the power and rhythm of the Tao warrior crew‘s strokes moved people to tears.

Marine National Park Headquarters said that the "Si Mangavang Visit" is set to arrive in Taipei on July 16 and a grand "Orchid Island Cultural Performance" will be held where the canoe docks to which everyone who is interested is invited to attend.

Yushan National Park Headquarters
In response to the random discarding of leftover food and toilet paper at Yuanfeng Cabin, the national park HQ said that when climbers climb Yushan they must respect and cherish its beautiful natural environment and carry their own rubbish down the mountain and dispose of it properly.
Kenting National Park Headquarters
Lithoselatium pulchrum, a new genus and new species of crab, was recorded in Kenting National Park during a 2010 survey.
This jointly-organized exhibition will be held from now until October 30.
Mass Coral Spawning in Dongsha Atoll Marine National Park
Marine National Park Headquarters

To better understand coral reproduction in the Dongsha Atoll National Park, the Marine National Park Headquarters conducted the first investigation of coral spawning from May 19th to May 26th. After several night investigations, the research staff at the Marine National Park Headquarters was able to take record images of coral egg spawning on May 23rd. This is also the first time images of coral reproduction have been recorded in the waters of the Dongsha Atoll.

Marine National Park Headquarters

To strengthen migratory bird rescue work, Dongsha Atoll National Park has sent conservation research personnel from its Dongsha Management Station to the Endemic Species Research Institute to receive bird rescue training.

Smoking banned on Swallow Grotto Trail
Taroko National Park Headquarters

Smoking banned on Swallow Grotto TrailTo create a smoke-free environment for visitors, Taroko National Park Headquarters has announced a smoking ban on Shakadang Trail and Swallow Grotto Trail in the park. “No smoking” signs have been erected along the trails. Visitors can now enjoy a smoke-free environment as they enjoy walking on these two trails.

A Taroko National Park Headquarters spokesperson pointed out that these two trails are two of the most heavily used trails in the park so anyone smoking on the trails will not only affect others around them, they will also have an impact on the natural environment. Smoking in indoor public spaces is banned under the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, however, smoking outside can also be banned if approved by a governing agency. The decision by Taroko National Park Headquarters to ban smoking on Shakadang and Swallow Grotto trails is the first time smoking has been banned outdoors in a national park in Taiwan and the park headquarters does not rule out extending the ban to other outdoor areas in the future after observing the effectiveness of the measure.

No smoking signs have already been erected along the trails to remind visitors not to smoke, however, designated smoking areas have also been established, in accordance with the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, to meet the needs of smokers. The designated smoking area for Shakadang Trail is Shakadang car park, while Swallow Grotto Trail’s smoking area is Jinheng Park.

Taroko National Park Headquarters calls on visitors to cooperate with this new measure and asks that tour guides be sure to inform the groups they lead of it. Members of the public can also assist in the implementation of the smoking ban by politely requesting any visitor they see smoking on the two trails to refrain from doing do so.

Marine National Park Headquarters

An underwater survey carried out by Dongsha Management Station,Marine National Park HQ shows gradual recruitment of juvenile coral aroundDongsha Atoll and gradual increase in the number of fish species, showing thatthe ecological conservation work implemented since the national park was establishedhas achieved results. Dongha Atoll National Parkhas the largest coral reef ecosystem of anywhere in Taiwan and is a park establishedwith the specific aim of protecting the coral ecosystem around the Atoll.

The serious abnormality of climate since 1998 has caused seatemperatures to rise all over the world and led to large-scale coral leechingand death on Dongsha Atoll, with branching Acropora coral suffering most. Evenafter 10 years the coral of the atoll shows no sign of recovering its original state.

In recent years, experts commissioned to carry out studies havefound that the atoll’s Porites, staghorn coral and mushroom coral has recoveredquite well from the damage caused by global warming however, Acropora coral, byfar the dominant species before the leeching incident of 1998, hasn’t fared sowell. Studies have shown that the increased it water temperature has led to achange in the composition of the coral in the atoll’s lagoon and the effect ofthis change on the biodiversity and natural resources of the coral reefecosystem requires further research.

Happily, a survey inthe lagoon has shown that several beautiful coral indicator fish species are quiteplentiful around the reef and there are also a significant amount of mushroomcoral and starfish, showing that the waters around the atoll are gradually recovering.

Taijiang National park Headquarters

The “2011 International Symposium on Black-faced Spoonbill and Coastal Wetlands Conservation” was held by Taijiang National Park Headquarters at Qigu on April 7 and 8, and attended by experts and scholars from all the main countries in the black-faced spoonbill’s range . 24 informative papers were presented during the seminar.

As well as discussing Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) and coastal wetlands conservation and related management issues and carrying out academic and actual management strategy exchange, the fall in spoonbill numbers in the recent International survey was discussed and a response strategy put forward. In particular, the ecological farming plan being carried out by the national park HQ and National Tainan University and intended to ensure the spoonbills’ food supply, was enthusiastically received. Attendees were also fully supportive of wireless tracking of Black-faced Spoonbills, new habitat monitoring, subsidies for halting of fish harvesting moratorium during the bird migration season and other concrete measures, the seminar overall producing rich results.

During the closing ceremony, representatives from each country reached a consensus regarding international cooperation for conservation in accordance with the arguments and opinions regarding Black-faced Spoonbill conservation and wetlands conservation put forward during the previous two days. The mayor of Tainan, Lai Qing-de, was in attendance and, along with other attendees, signed his name on the “Black-faced Spoonbill and Wetlands Conservation Declaration”. During the ceremony the representatives from countries in the range of the black-faced spoonbill took part in the “black-faced spoonbill return north” send-off ceremony, writing their conservation wishes and good luck message on paper cut-outs of a black-faced spoonbill, which were then pinned along the route of the birds’ international migration routes, sending the message that protection of migratory birds will never end, and also symbolizing a new era in international cooperation for the protection of migratory birds!

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