Port of Taichung Announces Plans to Implement a Staged Reopening of Pole Fishing Access to Closed Section of the Port’s Northern Seawall
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Port of Taichung,Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
The Port of Taichung, upholding its commitment to permit public fishing in the port a manner that is safe and non-disruptive to port operations or shipping, has, after discussions with several area recreational fishing associations, opened two sections of the port’s seawall to pole fishing. The first section, 1,385m in length and located along a stretch of protected northern seawall, is installed with protective railing. The second section runs for 329 meters (12m wide) along the protective wall astride Wharf 100 on the southern side of the port. Access to these two sections is free for fishing, with six sports-fishing groups authorized to handle fishing-related matters.
The northern-seawall authorized fishing area recorded 78,000 visits by fishermen from December 2013 through September 2016, while the Wharf 100 area recorded nearly 10,000 visits by fishermen from mid-June 2014 (when it opened) through September 2016. Public reaction to fishing in these two areas has been quite positive.
The structure of the farthest section of the northern-seawall fishing area is a caisson-type seawall with wave chambers that are designed to disperse incoming waves and protect the seawall structure. Due to the relatively exposed situation of this section of seawall, the wall structure runs relatively deep (20~30m below sea level). Further, its surface regularly has moss, which makes for slippery conditions, and its wave chambers are narrow, increasing the risk of falls. Due to these dangers and the difficulty of staging rescue efforts, a decision was taken recently to close the furthest section of the northern-seawall fishing area indefinitely to pole fishing.
However, in light of the popularity of recreational fishing, Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Chi-chang Tsai invited representatives of the Maritime Port Bureau, Port of Taichung, Taichung City Legislators Li-ren Wang and Tien-chung Yang, and the representatives of the Taichung City Fisheries Association and various sports fishing organizations to discuss the matter of fishing access. In line with the primacy of public safety and the need to meet the Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MOTC)’s three basic requirements for allowing access to pole fishing, the Maritime Port Bureau agreed to allocate the budget necessary to install additional safety facilities along the northern seawall. After completing planning and installation work, the Port of Taichung will implement a staged reopening of the closed section to pole fishing.
Port officials invited Taichung City’s various sports-fishing associations to attend a meeting on October 13th, at which all attendees reached an initial consensus on the scope and design of the new safety facilities and on the staged opening of the seawall after these facilities have been completed.