The General Public's Opinion on Fishery and Electricity Symbiosis Policy Propaganda: A Case Study of Qigu in Tainan
Zong-De Hong, Ying-Shih Chen
Department of Ecology and Environmental Resources, National University of Tainan
This study aimed to survey on public opinion on fishery and electricity symbiosis policy propaganda of the Council of Agriculture in Qigu of Tainan, Taiwan. Stakeholders and scholars in-depth interviews on site were used to gather opinions and perceptions, then collected the general public's recognition through an online survey questionnaire. The result shows the general public's recognition was "Neither Agree nor Disagree or Don't Understand". The additional value was the most recognized content in the policy propaganda and experimental data was the least one. Socioeconomic backgrounds and information sources effected the general public's recognition, e.g. information from newspapers and magazines, while environmental attitudes had no effect.
The conclusions of interviewing experts: due to the imperfect laws and regulations of the fishery and electricity symbiosis policy, fishermen who rent aquaculture fish farm in Qigu have no way to communicate with the government and cannot participate the policy directly, become relatively weak; the scientific experimental data provided by the policy has not been censored and is lack of credibility, and policy information is not actively transparent and open. This research suggests that the government should improve the protection of the rights and benefits of chartered fishermen, provide standard form contracts; risk assessment, maintenance of photoelectric board equipment, the rights and benefits of chartered fishermen, reduction of neighboring effect should be added into policy propaganda; before the implementation of the policy, the experimental data should come from the empirical research of different cultured species and be published after censored, avoid only using the experimental data of clams to cover the output and value of other cultured species. It is recommended that follow-up research to evaluate the implementation of the policy, obtain substantial protection of fishermen's rights and benefits, output value, and ecological conservation.
Fishery and Electricity Symbiosis, Qigu in Tainan, Policy Communication, Ecological conservation, New Ecological Paradigm Scale