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1. Subsidizing Local Governments to Strengthen Rescue Momentum

The Ocean Affairs Council conducted the “Plan for Integrating Local Governments and Private Groups in Strengthening Coastal Recreation Activity Safety Work” in 2022 to enhance regional warning and lifesaving and rescue momentum.

2. Adding Safety Information for Public Inquiry

The Ocean Affairs Council has established the “Coastal Recreation Activity One-stop Information Service Platform" to provide the general public with coastal recreation related data. The research on “Risk Area Designation and Management Strategy Formulation” and “Operations for Outlying Island Coastal Recreation Activity Field Risk Level Designation” were completed on January 21 and September 8, 2021 and were mailed to respective competent authorities for reference and disposal.

3. Commencing Persuasion for Violations and Improving Rescue Improvement

In case the Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council detects people engaging in recreational activities in prohibited and restricted waters, persuasion will commence. According to the “Open Sea and Development Plan” approved by the Executive Yuan, modern rescue equipment will be upgraded to enhance rescue efficiency.

Unit:Department of Maritime Security
Marine industry can be divided into three main categories.
1.Primary industrial sector
Extracts raw materials (which are natural products) from the sea, such as fisheries (including fishing and mariculture), mining, seaweed farming, etc.
2.Secondary industrial sector
Converts the raw materials provided by primary industry into commodities and products, such as shipbuilding, engineering, sea salt production, petroleum exploitation, ocean energy utilization, etc.
3.Tertiary industrial sector
This sector provides services to the general population and to businesses, such as marine transportation, marine recreation, marine biotechnology, etc.
Unit:Department of Marine Resources

There are many kind of marine resources that include both living and non-living resources. Some of them are given below.

  • 1. Living resources
    Marine living resources are living organisms that can be found in seas and oceans, such as fish, shellfish, seaweed, etc.
  • 2. Non-living resources
    • (1)Mineral resources: The oceans hold an enormous reservoirs of minerals, such as manganese nodule, petroleum, natural gas, etc.
    • (2)Ocean energy: The oceans represent a vast and largely untapped source of energy in the form of ocean currents, tides, waves, wind, etc.
    • (3)Seawater: Seawater can be used to produce fresh water and salt. Besides, deep sea water can also be a good water source.
Unit:Department of Marine Resources
  • 1. According to Article 36 of The Commercial Port Law, raising and catching marine life within a commercial port area are prohibited.
    The commercial port authority and related registered associations may coordinate to set measures and to delimit a fishery area for the public without affecting port operations, safety and causing pollution.
  • 2. Additionally, Article 5 of the same law, the authority is entitled to establish a port police force for the purpose of maintaining public order and of handling violations within  the port. Therefore, if the cases about fishing within a commercial port area are found or reported, the duty officers of C.G.A will report to the port police.
Unit:Department of Maritime Security

Taiwan has participated in 12 ocean-related international organizations, 8 of which are official. The characteristics among those organizations are mainly in fisheries management, while marine conservation and maritime security organizations are relatively scarce. Therefore, OAC will actively promote the participation of ocean-related international organizations in accordance with OAC businesses situations.

PS. (1) Official Name: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Southern Blackbird Conservation Committee (CCSBT) Extension Committee (EC), International Satellite-Assisted Search and Rescue Organization (COSPAS-SARSAT), American Tropical Salmon Committee (IATTC), North International Scientific Committee (ISC), Pacific Ocean Fisheries Commission (NPFC), South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC); (2) Unofficial Name: Global Biodiversity The Information Technology Agency (GBIF), the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Resources (ICCAT), the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Fisheries Commission (FC).

Unit:Department of International Development
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