Tue, Oct 23, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Fisheries Agency moves offices south

ON THE MOVE The agency became the first central administration body to relocate its headquarters to the south. One-third of its staff will remain in Taipei

By Angelica Oung  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Council of Agriculture's (COA) Fisheries Agency under the officially relocated its headquarters from Taipei to Kaohsiung yesterday, making it the first administrative organization under the central government to make the move south.

Agency chief Hsieh Dah-wen (謝大文) said the move made sense because the nation's sea fishing and aquaculture operations are mostly in the south.

"Seventy percent of sea fishing takes place out of ports in the south," Hsieh said. "In addition, most important aquaculture areas such as Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Tainan are also in the south."

Approximately two-thirds of the agency's permanent staff of 235 moved into the new headquarters yesterday. The new location is just a stone's throw from Kaohsiung's Chienchen Fishing Port (前鎮漁港) complex. The building was the agency's Oceangoing Fisheries Development Center and has undergone a NT$10 million (US$306,000) renovation to house the agency.

The rest of the agency's staff will remain in Taipei at their current location, which will now become the agency's northern branch. However, Hsieh said the Taipei Office would no longer take up the whole building.

Most agency employees who made the move south will be leaving their families behind, at least for the time being, Hsieh said.

As a result, they will be given an extra NT$20,000 per month to help with the cost of extra housing down south and travel costs to visit their families.

There will also be additional costs associated with the move south as agency officials will need to travel to Taipei in order to meet officials from other agencies.

Hsie's move was scheduled for today because he was answering questions in the Legislative Yuan yesterday. However, his deputy James Sha (沙志一), reported the move went smoothly.

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