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Activists call for new dolphin habitat

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Wildlife protection activists yesterday urged the government to designate a habitat for Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins living off the nation’s west coast that are threatened by pollution.

POLLUTING PROJECT

At a news conference, the activists also called on the government to address potential pollution and other problems that could result from a project launched by the Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Corp, a subsidiary of CPC Taiwan Corp, to build refineries on coastal wetland in Dacheng Township (大城), Changhua County near the estuary of the Jhuoshuei River.

The waters along the Changhua coast are home to a dwindling population of dolphins, which are considered a national treasure by many Taiwanese.

Environmentalists say the planned refineries will block the migration routes of many fish that make up the bulk of the dolphins’ diets.

THREAT TO SURVIVAL

According to Matsu’s Fish Conservation Union member Gan Chen-yi (甘宸宜), Kuokuang authorized Chou Lien-siang (周蓮香), a professor at National Taiwan University’s College of Life Science, to investigate threats to the survival of the endangered dolphin species and come up with measures to save them.

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