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Oct 21,2021
To promote marine environmental education, the Marine National Park Headquarters (referred to MNPH) held an environmental education experience activity in the Penghu Southern Four Islands National Park with 2 day-1 night trip on Dongji Island and Donyupingyu on September 2-3 2021. Twenty-eight college students enthusiastically participated in the program. The activity led the participants to learn about the four southern islands of Penghu during a marine voyage. It also had a visit to the humanity, history, and beliefs of settlement in the Dongji Island. The volunteers brought students to observe the intertidal organisms in Lúhuì Bay and to appreciate the coral reef ecosystem in Dongji Island. In addition, the special course of "Share the Blessing (Fish) " and "Survival of the Four Southern Islands” was designed with the Card and Earth game. On the first night, a professional instructor taught the participants to observe the stars in Dongji to fully experience the beauty of the Four Southern Islands National Park in Penghu. This activity is one of the practical projects of the environmental education research plan of the four southern islands of Penghu conducted by the National Kaohsiung Normal University. The experienced and enthusiastic volunteers from the MNPH taught the participants to learn about the navigation of marine cruises through nautical charts and compasses. During the cruise, students learned about the stories of various large and small islands. They also appreciated the special topography and the magnificence and peculiarities of the basalt in front of the sea cave in a shape of a traditional stove in Xijiyu. After arriving at Dongji Island, the tour started from the belief center of the settlement-Qiming Palace. Through the detailed interpretation by the interpreter, participants had learned about the history of the island over time just like to gaze at the past prosperous scene in a time machine. In addition to the exploration of humanities and geology, the ecological observation in the intertidal area was the highlight of the event. Everyone put on anti-slip rubber shoes and traveled to Luhui Bay to explore the intertidal zone creatures. Different observation areas were planned using the traversing line survey method. Groups were led to get to know the living animals of the intertidal area. During the survey, the participants shared their observations of marine life such as black sea cucumbers, brittle stars, and sea urchins. The volunteers also took the opportunity to share the importance of marine conservation in a hope of  that the participants would become leaders in marine conservation. The stargazing course at night started on a site with little light pollution. The sky was beautiful for participants to observe the great summer triangle and the Milky Way-a rare sight in Taiwan. The next day the group bypassed Frog Rock on the Donyupingyu and took a walk on the newly built hand-made trail to appreciate the magnificent view of the vegetable terraces. As groups climbed up to the top with the breeze, the interpreter shared the history of the Dongji islands. The top of the hill is an excellent spot to look around the surrounding islands not only including the Xiyupingyu, Chimei, and Dongji island but also, if lucky, the Magong island on a sunny day. In addition to the view from the top, snorkeling was arranged on the west side of the settlement to observe the underwater branched staghorn coral and the surrounding coral reef ecosystem. Everyone was amazed and expressed his commitment to protect this beautiful seascape. The activity was highly appreciated by participants. The MNPHpromised todevelop new programs and organize more exciting environmental education activities next year. It is expected to attract college and university students to actively participate in this education program. Its goal is to spread the seeds of conservation with the context of understanding the sea, protecting the sea, and loving the sea to all colleges and universities in Taiwan. Hopefully, all students can contribute to marine conservation altogether in the future.   Group photo of the participants in front of Stove cage in Xijiyu.   Group discussion on the cruise to the four southern islands.   A Tour and interpretation on the settlement of Dongji Island.   An Observation activity of the intertidal zone of Luhui Bay.   Interpreting the environment and ecology of the Donyupingyu Islands.   Course of Survival on the Four Southern Islands.   Course of Sharing the Blessings (Fish).  
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A:According to the studies and the suggestions from many professionals, the marine ecology around Dongsha island had been damaged by the illegal fishing, and the reefs and biology inside the atoll was lost about 70% to 90%. Because Dongsha island belongs to the military control zone, it does not have enough tourist facilities. In 2004, the Executive Yuan approved “the Dongsha Atoll National Park Project.” The priority of the project is to restore and conserve the marine ecology in Dongsha area, and then to evaluate the possibility for the eco-tour and environmental education in the future. The Dongsha Atoll National Park is not open for the tourism currently due to the ecological studies, environmental restoration and safety management in the Dongsha area.
A:The design of the logo is based of the letter M, and the Chinese calligraphic texture is applied to represent the waves of the ocean. It also symbolizes the energy of the marine ecology with the visual contrast between light blue and white. A pattern blends in the water colour also represents a rich oceanic resource.
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