What can two island nations in the Pacific have in common? Fish farming.
President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that Taiwan is willing to share aquaculture experience with Palau.
Ma said that when he visited Palau in March 2010, Palau President Johnson Toribiong expressed the hope that Taiwan could cooperate with his country on aquaculture.
Taiwan indeed has experience in fish breeding, including grouper and milkfish, and would like to share it with other countries, the president said.
"We are a big tuna-fishing country, but as more restrictions are placed on tuna fishing due to conservation considerations, we have also begun growing tuna," Ma added.
Taiwan is now breeding yellowfin tuna, Ma said. If this is successful, it will be a great boost to Taiwan's aquacultural sector, he added.
Ma made the remarks when he received a Palau delegation headed by Noah Idechong, speaker of the House of Delegates, Palau's lower legislative house.
Ma said he hopes the delegation can visit aquacultural ponds around Taiwan and see which kinds of fish they are interested in farming.