Promoting the Joint Use of Fishing Port Resources And Creating Marinas Suitable for Leisure And Travel
The Fisheries Agency is planning to utilize existing waters within the fishing ports, redistribute berths within the ports, and build floating docks in order to achieve resource sharing for fishing ports. The Fisheries Agency is also planning to build dedicated berths for yachts and standard-setting marinas for leisure use. The goal is to renovate traditional fishing ports and turn them into modern fishing harbors, serving function of tourism in addition to fishing purpose. With this project, the Fisheries Agency can create a new image of fishing ports in Taiwan.
Emphases of This Policy
- Fishing ports were used mainly for traditional fishing purpose in the past. In recent years, leisure activities on the shore and at sea have become increasingly popular. As a result, fishing ports are evolving into multi-use ports. To fulfill President Ma’s election promise, the Fisheries Agency is executing a plan to stimulate the economy and increase investment in public projects – in this case, a project that revives the coastline and promotes constructions for fisheries. The Fisheries Agency selected three fishing ports – Badouzi Fishing Port in Keelung, Wushi Fishing Port in Yilan, and Anping Fishing Port in Tainan – with the following criteria: The size of the land available for expansion, conditions for leisure activity development in the vicinity of the fishing port, the environment of the surrounding waters, the expansiveness of the area for development on land, the convenience of transportation and proximity to metropolitan areas. The Fisheries Agency utilizes existing waters within the fishing ports to redistribute berths within the ports and build floating docks in order to achieve resource sharing for fishing ports. The Fisheries Agency is also planning to build dedicated berths for yachts and standard-setting marinas for leisure use. The goal is to renovate traditional fishing ports and turn them into modern fishing harbors, serving function of tourism in addition to fishing purpose. With this project, the Fisheries Agency can create a new image of fishing ports in Taiwan.
- After four years of planning, design and construction, all three yachts marinas were completed in April 2013. Badouzi Fishing Port can provide 50 new berths, with 7 for 100 ft. boats, 13 for 60 ft. boats, and 30 for 50 ft. boats. Anping Fishing Port can provide 8 berths for 60 ft. boats, and 24 berths for 48 ft. boats. Wushi Fishing Port can provide 4 berths for 60 ft. boats, 13 berths for 48 ft. boats, and 15 berths for 30 ft. boats. Altogether, 114 berths were created. Badouzi Fishing Port and Wushi Fishing Port have opened for business since September 21, 2013 and June 23, 2013, respectively. At the present, the berths at the marinas are all full. Additionally, yachts and sailboats are mooring at half the berths in Anping Fishing Port marina.
- In the past, there was a shortage of suitable marinas in Taiwan. Existing marinas are lack of sufficient land for development and infrastructure such as clubhouses and hotels. As a result, it was hard to attract yachts to moor there, let along developing a leisure industry around yachts. The completion and operation of these three marinas are located in metropolitan areas set another milestone for the development of domestic yachts leisure industry. Aside from promoting tourism and travel as well as increasing mooring locations for yachts to popularize yachts activities, help develop the yachts industry, and boost the economy of fishing communities, these marinas can also attract international tourists, yachts and sailboats, and professional maritime sport enthusiasts to engage in maritime sports in the waters around Taiwan. After the berths at the marinas are built, they can provide jobs opportunity and boost economic output.