Despite the arrival of this year's first cold front, schools of mullet -- the "fish that lay the golden eggs" -- have continued to congregate around Tamsui, instead of heading south in their normal migratory pattern. \nFishermen in the south only caught about 1,000 of the fish over the weekend because so few mullet have made the journey along Taiwan's western coast. \nOfficials from the Taiwan Fisheries Research Institute in Kao-hsiung contacted yesterday attributed the situation to the fact that the water in the southern part of the Taiwan Strait has remained too warm for the fish, which prefers colder water. \nGrey mullet, the roe of which is an expensive hors-d'oeuvre, normally swim from the cold North Pacific in great shoals to the Taiwan Strait between December and February to spawn, before returning to the north. These mullet schools usually show up off the coast just north of Kaohsiung. \nAbout a decade ago, fishermen in southern Taiwan could catch big hauls of gravid mullet, particularly during cold fronts. \nCatches have declined in recent years as a result of pollution, dynamite fishing by Chinese fishermen and interception of the shoals by Chinese fishermen.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s