The troublesome garbage problem of oyster shells has been transformed into a cultural and creative product of coral turtles.

(Provided by Penghu Marine Biological Research Center)

[Reporter Liu Yuqing/Penghu Report] For many years, solving the problem of oyster shell waste has been the direction of efforts of the public and private sectors in Penghu. The Penghu Marine Biology Research Center and Breeding Center manufacturer Boteng Biotechnology Co., Ltd. of the Agriculture Committee of the Executive Yuan has developed Oyster shells, coral turtles and ancient stone wall bricks are innovative Penghu oyster shell decontamination and utilization models.

In order to solve the problem of discarded oyster shells in Penghu, the Penghu Center and Porton Corporation adopt a circular economy model, introduce alkali excitation technology, develop multiple oyster shell utilization methods, use silicone molds or foaming, and combine Penghu temples and Lantern Festival traditions to carry out cultural activities. The production of innovative products, the development of oyster shells, coral turtles and ancient stone wall bricks have created more diverse models for the decontamination and utilization of oyster shells in Penghu.

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According to the Fisheries Administration, the average annual production of oysters in Penghu from 2010 to 2020 was about 1,200 metric tons (clean meat). In 2019, oyster production in Penghu accounted for 19.57% of the fishery output in Penghu, making it the most important fishery output in Penghu.

Due to the high quality of Penghu oysters, about 70% are sold to Taiwan, and 30% are kept in the local tourism industry and residents' life in Penghu.

Oysters left for consumption in Penghu produce about 2,000-3,000 metric tons of oyster shells each year, forming a problem of waste accumulation.

Sending to Taiwan to deal with the resulting shipping costs and carbon emissions is not the best way to be environmentally friendly.

This year, Penghu Center cooperated with the Lantern Festival in Chikan Wenheng Shengdi Temple. The manufacturer of the breeding center, Boteng Company, combined the artist's ingenuity to combine the images of coral and sea turtles to create an oyster shell coral turtle, which was used in the Lantern Festival in the temple; The ancient stone wall bricks are applied to the outer walls of temple buildings, representing the significance of the ocean's sustainable circular economy.

It is hoped that this "oyster shell" regeneration design can achieve the goal of reducing the amount of discarded oyster shells and moving towards sustainable development.

The ancient stone wall bricks of the temples can also be created with oyster shells.

(Provided by Penghu Marine Biological Research Center)