Gyeongsangbuk-do hosts the “Ulleungdo and Dokdo Bioersity and Climate Change Symposium” on August 6 (Thu)
The Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government and Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KOIST) hosted the “Ulleungdo and Dokdo Bioersity and Climate Change Symposium” on August 6 (Thu). More than 50 experts, geopark commentators, and Dokdo Academy commentators were in attendance for the Symposium at the Ulleungdo·Dokdo Ocean Science Station.
Organized by the Ulleungdo·Dokdo Ocean Science Station Korea Institute (Chief: Kim Yun-bae) at KOIST’s East Sea Research Institute, the Symposium gave attendees an opportunity to diagnose changes in the flora and fauna inhabiting the ecosystem near Ulleungdo and Dokdo Islands brought on by climate change, and explore strategies to preserve the bioersity of Ulleungdo and Dokdo.
During the first section of the Symposium, Professor Park Jae Hong from Kyungpook National University presented his findings on “Terrestrial Plants,” followed by Dr. Son Dong Chan from the Korea Forest Service discussed “Forest Plants.” The first section also featured presentations by Professor Kim Jong Seung on “Large Invertebrates” and by Dr. Myoung Jung-goo on the “Bioersity of Fish.” The presentations in section-one were aimed at giving attendees an overview of the flora and fauna in Ulleungdo and Dokdo, and the potential value of biological resources linked to both islands.
In the second section, Chief Kim Yun-bae from the Ulleungdo·Dokdo Ocean Science Station Korea Institute discussed the “Subtropicalization and Marine Climate Characteristics of the Waters of Ulleungdo and Dokdo,” while Director Je Jong-gil from City In Forest Director and Professor Hong Sun Ki from Mokpo National University each debated the “Sustainability and Direction of Natural Ecology Research on Ulleungdo and Dokdo” and “Bioersity and Climate Change of Island Regions Overseas.”
In his presentation, Dr. Myoung Jung-goo explained, “A total of 11 orders, 72 families, and 189 species of fish have been fo in the waters near Dokdo Island between 1997 and June 2020. Between 2008 and 2020, scientists have ed 15 new species of fish near Dokdo.”
He added, “In recent years, we have discovered that the pristine waters off the coast of Dokdo Island have been suffering from what is known as ‘whitening.’ It’s a signal that we desperately need to come up with measures to preserve and manage the bioersity of Dokdo’s ecosystem. We must reduce the level of human interference in the ecosystem and systematically carry out scientific analyses, including analysis of long-term monitoring projects.”
Kim Seong-hak, Director of the Maritime and Fishery Bureau at the Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government, stated, “Ulleungdo and Dokdo are two of nature’s best ecology laboratories in Korea. This Symposium was a genuinely meaningful academic event as it gave us a real opportunity to present results from dozens, hreds of surveys on the flora near Ulleungdo and Dokdo, and surveys on marine animals in the sea.”
He highlighted the importance of sustained government support, saying, “Moving forward, the Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government will continue to support projects aimed at tracking changes in the flora and fauna near Ulleungdo and Dokdo stemming from climate change d on research results presented by various scientists, and devote its resources in preserving and managing bioersity with scientific approaches.”