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Jun 30,2020
To enhance the public’s knowledge, as well as build consensus on marine conservation, the Marine National Park Headquarters (MNPH) held the “2019 Conservation Achievement Presentation” on the National Oceans Day. In addition to displaying posters of the research projects results commissioned between 2018-2019, two marine life experience areas were also planned to show the detailed internal structures of foraminifera and soft coral spicules through the use of a stereo microscope. 78 People came to take part in the experience.   Ecosystem of Dongsha Atolls Gradually Recovering, Physical Disturbance Cause of Variation Over Certain Periods of Time The MNPH commissioned the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology to collect surveys and research reports on the marine ecological resources of the Dongsha Atoll National Park from 2012 to 2018, in order to understand the trend of marine life changes over the years. Data from previous years showed that the coverage of coral reef across the various atolls of Dongsha had gradually recovered after the coral bleaching incident in 1998, but showed an overall downward trend again in 2015, then began to recover gradually from 2016 to 2018. The reason for the significant spatial and temporal variation in the coral coverage of the Dongsha atolls is presumably due to the interaction of large scale factors, such as the cooling effect caused by the rise of the seawater temperature and internal waves, seawater exchange rate, and physical interference from typhoons.   Activity Experiences Enhance Marine Conservation Consensus The MNPH commissioned Professor Dai Chang-Feng of the National Taiwan University to publish the book “Octocoral Fauna of Dongsha Atoll” in 2017, which introduces 119 species of octocorals in the Dongsha waters. The most important trait for identifying the octocoral species are the spicules. To help the public gain a better understanding of the spicules, identification of five types of octocoral spicules was demonstrated at this year’s presentation, so that the participants can find out more about the octocoral spicules by looking for the spicules under a stereo microscope and touching the specimens. In addition, this year’s presentation also introduced “Stars of the Sea - Foraminifera”. The “star sand” that is often mentioned and found on the beaches of the South Penghu islands is actually the shells of certain species of foraminifera. In this presentation, the public learned what exactly a “foraminifera” is, and observed the living form of the “star sand” and several other different foraminiferas under a stereo microscope. The public’s knowledge of the marine species and the consensus on marine conservation was enhanced through these activity experiences. In order to allow people who love and care about the ocean to learn more about the conservation achievements of the Dongsha Atoll National Park and South Penghu Marine National Park, the MNPH has published the papers and posters of the 2019 results on the official website. After the pandemic eases, a series of lectures will be planned. Those interested are advised to check the MNPH official website regularly for updates. Image1Marine National Park Headquarters holding the 2019 Conservation Achievement Presentation on the National Oceans Day Image 2 Foraminiferas on the seaweed in Dongsha Image 3 Foraminifera under the microscope Image 4 Foraminifera under the microscope Image 5 Display of results posters Image 6 Dongsha endemic plant exhibition area

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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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