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Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

2024-05-06
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National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) recently (March 7) mobilized nearly a hundred people to jointly clean up Chung Hsing Lake, marking the largest-scale domestic effort for artificial lake environmental education. With minimal ecological disturbance and assistance from relevant organizations, along with the expertise of NCHU’s ecological scholars and experts, the project focused on partially removing silt, conducting water quality monitoring, and removing invasive species. The Japanese program Surprise of Draining a Lake also participated in filming. The program aired on April 20th in Taiwan, sparking a fervent response.

Chung Hsing Lake spans approximately 89 meters in length and 109 meters in width, covering an area of about 7,143 square meters with a maximum depth of 3 meters. This lake cleaning project engaged students and faculty from NCHU's College of Life Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and College of Engineering, along with participants from the Taiwan Biodiversity Research Institute, Agriculture Bureau and Water Resource Bureau of the Taichung City Government, and Taichung Wildlife Conservation Group. Together, they integrated environmental education into the cleanup effort.

After half a day's operation, nearly 300 fish and reptiles were captured. Native species included Japanese eels, yellow eels, paradise shrimp gobies, catfish, golden thread turtles, Chinese softshell turtles, Japanese swamp shrimps, rice shrimps, and freshwater clams. In terms of invasive species, giant pangasius (Genghis Khan), grass carp, black carp, bighead carp, tilapia, flowerhorn cichlids, pearl groupers, common carp, koi carp, suckermouth catfish, red-eared sliders, and others were discovered.

What particularly excited the program hosts, Atsuchan and Professor Hideaki Kato, was the capture of a bighead carp, a species that has not been observed in the lake since the program began seven years ago. With this capture, the program officially completed the collection of the four main well-known carps in China: Black carp, Silver carp, Grass carp, Bighead.

Chieh-Chen Huang, Dean of the College of Life Sciences at NCHU, expressed deep concern over the loss of ecosystems formed over billions of years of evolution and distribution on Earth. He emphasized that it is truly heartbreaking to see ecosystems endangered by human actions. The artificial lake project served as a demonstrative example, highlighting the common occurrence of animal abandonment and release in artificial lakes across the country. Proper removal of invasive species and purification of water quality through lake cleaning can help protect native species. It is hoped that the initiative will help enhance awareness and education about the importance of ecological balance among students, faculty, and the general public. It is crucial to emphasize responsibility for all living beings, including those used for food and as pets, and particularly to avoid indiscriminate release of invasive species.

Program YouTube Link:
Surprise of Draining a Lake in Taiwan: Strange Creatures in Chung Hsin Lake!?
https://youtu.be/XX6SX-JZ4Mo?si=WMWKAnh9gdgLBXry
Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

Chung Hsing Lake Environmental Education - Popular Japanese Program Joins Filming, Receives Enthusiastic Response

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