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Cablegate: Taiwan Ngos Plan to Attend Fao Sea Turtle

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UNCLAS TAIPEI 003671

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/RSP/TC, OES/OMC - DAVID HOGAN
COMMERCE FOR NOAA/NMFS-DSWANSON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIS SENV PHSA TW ESTH
SUBJECT: TAIWAN NGOS PLAN TO ATTEND FAO SEA TURTLE
CONSULTATIONS

REF: STATE 243251

1. In response to Reftel, AIT ESTOFF discussed sea turtle
points with Fisheries Administration Senior Specialist Huang
Hong-yen on November 15. Huang informed AIT that he will
represent the Taiwan NGO FDCI (Fisheries Development Council
International) as an observer at the meeting. He further
indicated that Dr. Chen Tien-hsi, a biologist and turtle
expert with Taiwan's National Museum of Marine Science and
Technology, will represent the International Coalition of
Fisheries Association as an observer (ICFA is an
international NGO headquartered in Virginia).

2. Huang mentioned that, although no one from Taiwan
attended the March 2004 FAO "Expert Consultation on
Interactions between Sea Turtles and Fisheries in the
Ecosystem Context", he has read the meeting report on the FAO
web-site. He also indicated that Taiwan has deployed
observers on board its fishing vessels operating in three
oceans to collect bycatch data on sea birds, sea turtles and
other species. He further told AIT that Taiwan is conducting
a circle-hook pilot program in its deep-seas longline
fisheries to reduce the mortality of sea turtles. He noted,
however, that more data and analysis would be needed before
the program could be introduced to Taiwan's fishing fleet.
Huang believes that more needs to be done to reduce sea
turtle bycatch. He is looking forward to attending the FAO
Technical Consultations to collect information and share
views on the conservation of sea turtles in fisheries.
PAAL

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