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Siaoliouciou circulates beach money
小琉球首創「海灘貨幣」 垃圾也能變現金

Around 100 volunteers participated in the first event of last year’s beach cleanup in Siaoliouciou.

Photo copied by Yeh Yong-chien, Liberty Times

This summer, “beach money” will be released on Siaoliouciou (Little Liuqiu) for the first time.

This month, the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area Administration (DBNSA) and Hiin Studio will jointly organize five beach cleanup relays for protecting turtles. In the events, every two kilograms of garbage the participants clean away can be exchanged for the beach money to be used at local businesses for actual discounts. A total of 74 local businesses have already said they will participate in the project.

Lin Peiyu of Hiin Studio is one of the event’s initiators. Lin says it is hoped the “beach money,” which was invented by a Japanese surfer and environmental activist, will raise awareness of the aggravating problem of floating marine debris. The beach money coins are made of waste glass with its sharp edges dulled, and adorned with beautiful turtle patterns.

There will be five separate beach cleanups, to be held on July 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. Those who wish to participate can meet at the Little Liuqiu Visitor Center at 1pm on the day of the event, and there will be a fascinating presentation on green sea turtles before departing for the cleanup itself.

To reduce water and garbage waste, DBNSA urges that holiday visitors to Siaoliouciou reduce the use of sunscreen, and B&Bs refrain from changing sheets for visitors staying for multiple days.

(Liberty Times, translated by Lin Lee-kai)



海湧工作室林佩瑜是本活動發起人之一,她表示「Beach Money」海灘貨幣最早是由日本環保衝浪客所發起,希望藉此讓遊客注意到海漂垃圾日益嚴重的問題。海灘貨幣是由磨鈍的海漂玻璃製成,繪有精美的海龜圖騰。



1. beach cleanup phr.

淨灘 (jing4 tan1)

2. relay n.

接力 (jie1 li4)





Marine debris is also known as marine litter. It is human-produced waste material either accidentally or intentionally released into water masses. Floating marine debris tends to accumulate on coastlines and often washes ashore, when it is called beach litter. Intentional disposal of waste in the ocean is known as ocean dumping.

Plastic debris is an increasingly worrying problem as plastics do not biodegrade. Fish, seabirds and marine mammals can consume plastic debris by mistake, clogging up their digestive tracts and thereby causing death by starvation or infection.

「海洋垃圾」英文為marine debris,亦作marine litter,指的是故意或無意丟棄至海域的人造廢棄物。海漂垃圾沖上岸後沿岸累積,便稱作「海灘垃圾」。若是把廢棄物以船舶等方式運送至其他海域棄置,則稱為「海洋傾倒」,或稱「海洋棄置」。


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