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Documentary urges protection of horseshoe crab habitat in Kinmen
Central News Agency
2014-06-22 09:41 PM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) A documentary was premiered in outlying Kinmen County Sunday that urges the protection of the habitat of horseshoe crabs there, as it is being destroyed by a project to build a commercial harbor at Shuitou. The documentary, titled "The Lost Sea," calls for the public's awareness of the importance of protecting the habitat for the marine species that lives primarily in and around shallow ocean waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. Made by Taiwanese director Hung Chun-hsiu, the film records the process through which horseshoe crabs have lost their main habitat in Kinmen over the last decade, when the construction of the harbor was being carried out. The construction has also affected local fishermen who used to catch fish in the area. The habitat for the crabs, and the rest of the area's ecology, have been seriously damaged by the construction, said Hung, who added that the area should be designated as a reserve for the species. He expressed hope that the documentary will draw more public attention to the issue and exert public pressure on the government to take action to protect the environment. A Kinmen county government official said in response that discussions on setting up a reserve area near Shuitou are possible and that efforts to establish a breeding program for horseshoe crabs will be continued. Prior to its Kinmen premiere, the documentary has been shown in Taipei, France, Japan and the United States. (By Chen Shou-kuo and Elaine Hou)
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