Taiwan is the largest distant water fishing power in the Western and Central Pacific, where 60% of the world's tuna come from. However tuna populations in the region are facing an overfishing crisis.
Taiwan's distant water fishing relies heavily on fish resources in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO), resulting in high gasoline costs. Thus Taiwan's distant water fishing industry faces some huge challenges ahead: the depletion of resources and fish, as well as high oil prices internationally. In order to resolve this, the Fisheries Agency, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan (行政院農業委員會漁業署) has spent taxpayers' money to subsidize the rising costs, in turn contributing to overfishing. Greenpeace analyzed the budget of the distant water fishing industry from the Fisheries Agency. We expect from the Fisheries Agency real conservation measures to achieve sustainable fisheries and the creation of more marine reserves in the Pacific Ocean.
Net loss: How Taiwan subsidizes tuna depletion