2018 / May
Esther Tseng /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin /tr. by Phil Newell
In his poem “Do You Want to Be a Mermaid?” the poet Yu Kwang-chung asks, “Do you know that the mountains are not as high as the sea is deep? / Do you know that the land is not as broad as the sea is wide? / Do you know the volume of the ocean’s magnanimity? / Do you know the capacity of its forbearance? / Or what kinds of secret treasures are the Sea God’s riches?”
Though Taiwan covers less than 0.03% of the earth’s total land area, the seas around our island are home to one-tenth of the world’s fish species. Yet the sea is sounding a stark warning to Taiwan: Our marine resources are being exhausted, and habitats degraded. Only by action to conserve and protect our marine resources can this threat be averted.