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Measure on Controlling the Catch of Great White Shark, Basking Shark and Megamouth Shark

For the purpose of conserving the resources of great white shark, basking shark and megamouth shark in Taiwan’s coastal and offshore sea areas, and to enhance the collection of fisheries data and information on population dynamics of fisheries resources, on 15 March 2014, the Council of Agriculture proclaimed the Measure on Controlling the Catch of Great White Shark, Basking Shark and Megamouth Shark, and the content is articulated as follows:

1. Any fishery operator or fisherman who has caught a great white shark, a basking shark or a megamouth shark in Taiwan’s coastal and offshore seas, should, within 1 day after the arrival of his vessel in port, fill in Reporting Table for the Catch of Great White Shark, Basking Shark and Megamouth Shark, and transmit by facsimile to the following agencies or institute:

1) Competent fisheries authorities of the respective government of municipalities, counties (townships).

2) The Fisheries Agency (Fax No. (02) 3343-6299)

3) Fisheries Resources Research Room, Department of Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science, National Taiwan Ocean University (Fax No. (02) 2462-3986 or (02) 2462-0291)  

2. After reporting, the fish in round form should be kept for 24 hours, for scientific sampling and collection of biological data before auction or use.

3. Should the Council of Agriculture considers the need to provide the fish to scientific research institute for conducting scientific research, the fish may be purchased by such institute as a priority at an agreed price.

4. Anyone who has violated the reporting obligation, or has failed to retain the fish for 24 hours for scientific sampling and collection of biological data, will be liable to a fine of not less than NT$30,000 but not more than NT$150,000, in accordance with the provisions of Article 65, paragraph 5 of the Fisheries Act.