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Living with the Ocean

The program serves as a letter to nature and a message in a bottle for our future generations. We’ve recorded eight dying traditional fishing methods to show our young audience the beautiful marine culture and coastline, the spirit of our fishermen, and what our fishing villages look like.
One of our hosts is Jiang Hong-Jie, a ping-pong player who loves nature and the primitive lifestyle but rarely gets a chance to travel in Taiwan. The other is Zhou Zi-yuan, a city boy who loves fish and cares a lot about our sea. In this episode, they went together to a fishing village on Green Island. They visited Mr. Tian and his son and experienced the traditional method of bonito pole fishing with other experienced fishermen. Could they learn all the steps of the eco-friendly and traditional fishing method in a short time?

  • Joan Sung
  • Yu Chuan Chang
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    February 15, 2021
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Director Biography - Joan Sung

Joan Sung graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts. She used to work in a film production company and a TV station. She is currently the owner of a film studio.

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At one-thirty in the early morning, our hosts set sail for a trip of bonito pole fishing. However, they both got seasick and threw up while the captain and his crewmen were fighting to catch fish. In order to catch the most bonitos they could, the captain led his crewmen sternly to look for fish. After all, this is their daily life and routine. When people use commercial methods to catch a lot of fish at one go, they insist on taking advantage of the marine food chain. The number of bonitos they catch depends on how many silver sprats they catch and use as live baits. The traditional method of bonito pole fishing is what makes them proud.