The Shanghai Ocean Bureau recently announced that surveillance cameras, speedboats and police helicopters (oh my!) will be deployed to three nearly uninhabited islands in the Jinshan district—Dajinshan, Xiaojinshan and Fushan—to stop tourists and locals from landing on them.
“If intruders are recorded on eight surveillance cameras on Dajinshan or spotted by wardens there, a helicopter or speedboat carrying law enforcement personnel will be dispatched,” reports the Shanghai Daily.
The ecology of these islands is threatened by tourists who often light up barbecues on the shore, harming the fragile ecosystems. A trip to Dajinshan costs about 200 yuan for tourists who are taken by local fishermen to the island that is home to rare trees and some 200 endangered monkeys. Only two wardens live alternatively for three months at a time on the island, making it “quite difficult for the ocean authority to stop people from landing on the islands,” said Li Chunyang, deputy director of the ocean management department of Jinshan District Ocean Bureau.
The new security system will certainly be much more efficient at reducing the flow of illegal tourists and locals that dare bypass the law. Another disincentive would be to advertise the names of these islands. Who wants to visit the Chicken Bone Reef (Jigu Jiao)?
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via Shanghai Daily]