Background and Threats
Fish stocks have dropped drastically due to unsustainable fishing practices, inadequate regulations and a lack of marine protected areas continue to worsen the situation.
Taking actions and restoring our marine ecosystem is the only way to prevent a widespread collapse of fish stocks and achieve sustainable fisheries.
Save Our Seas
A large contributor to the unsustainable fishing practices in Hong Kong is the fact that fishing is largely unregulated. Vessels are not required to have a fishing license, there is no limitation on number of fishing vessels and operations which continue to use destructive methods such as trawling. WWF maintains dialogue with the Hong Kong Government to properly address this problem and institute sustainable fisheries management.
In order to maintain the economic stability of local fishermen, WWF recognizes the need to establish alternative livelihoods for those who make the switch from unsustainable fishing practices. WWF seeks government assistance in easing this transition by helping to convert their skills to new fields, making use of their marine knowledge to benefit the culture and economy of marine-based careers.
Marine Protected Areas
Research by WWF and other groups shows clearly that fish populations are not recovering in marine parks, even after 10 years of protection. WWF urgently calls for all fishing to be stopped in our marine parks, and for additional spawning and nursery areas in Port Shelter and Tolo Channel to be similarly protected, with the aim to protect 10% of Hong Kong waters.
WWF encourages the Hong Kong Government and local industries to effectively reduce harmful pollution output.