WWF Hong Kong - Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

No-take zones

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WWF-HK Proposal on No-Take Zones
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In order for marine life to survive undisturbed and be given the chance to flourish, WWF believes it is important to establish “no-take” protection zones in Hong Kong waters. As certain areas are of crucial importance to some marine species, commercial exploitation can have an incredibly destructive impact. No-take zones have proven very effective in conserving fish and other marine life in many countries. Currently less than 0.5% of Hong Kong waters are properly protected in no-take marine reserves. WWF proposes a massive improvement on this insignificant figure, expanding it to include 10% of Hong Kong waters as no-take zones.

Marine Parks

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Hoi Ha Wan - Marine Proctected Areas - Marine Parks
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Hong Kong marine parks are key sites for marine conservation, education and recreation, in which activities destructive to marine life should be prohibited. The four marine parks in Hong Kong are Yan Chau Tong, Sha Chau & Lung Kwu Chau, Tung Ping Chau and Hoi Ha Wan, with a marine reserve at Cape D'Aguilar.

Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and WWF Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre

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Mai Po Nature Reserve Centre - Wildlife
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Located to the north of the Sai Kung West Country Park, the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is home to diverse marine life within a relatively small area.

Since 2003, The Jockey Club HSBC WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre has been Hong Kong’s premier education centre for marine biodiversity and conservation.

During the construction of the 891 m2 Marine Life Centre, special building methods were used to reduce the impact on the local environment and protect the shallow water coral community, avoiding any potentially harmful methods such as pile-driving and reducing pollution.

Hoi Ha Wan is also the only marine park in Hong Kong with direct road access. As such visitor traffic is carefully monitored to prevent uncontrolled tourism that puts pressure on the sensitive and fragile marine and coastal environments.

The Marine Life Centre also features the Transparency, a specially designed shallow-draft coral and diver friendly glass-bottomed boat. As the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the 40-passenger vessel offers visitors a rare opportunity to see and experience Hoi Ha Wan’s unique marine biodiversity.