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ECF Sea Without Litter



 
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Cleaning up beaches is not enough to tackle the widespread problem of marine litter in Hong Kong – we need to deal with the issue at its source. This includes educating businesses and members of the public and looking for long-term solutions.

Recreational groups and businesses

Every sea-goer loves clean waters and a thriving marine ecosystem. A clean and healthy sea is crucial for the development and growth of sustainable marine businesses, including tourism. Unfortunately, the industry is facing an unpleasant challenge: the  litter polluting Hong Kong waters causes nuisance and harm to visitors. But things don’t have to be this way! The marine sector can play an active role in reducing litter and keeping our seas clean. By taking action, you can demonstrate to your members, customers and stakeholders how much you care about our marine environment.
 
We invite all sea-going recreational groups and businesses, including yacht clubs, water sports associations, dive clubs, boat rental businesses, tourism businesses and fishing clubs to become “Green Mariners” and combat the marine litter problem together!

Programme goals:
  1. Raise awareness of litter and its impacts;
  2. enlist marine users to following a litter prevention code of conduct;
  3. encourage marine users to sort and recycle litter; and 
  4. inspire marine user groups to develop long-term litter reduction solutions
 
Download Programme Details to learn more!
 
Interested parties can join us by registering here
 
For enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kwong Chi Yu
Project Officer, Marine
E-mail: cykwong@wwf.org.hk / Tel: 21619653
 
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Coastal clean-up
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Educational seminars
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Reef Check divers

Hong Kong’s vibrant coral communities and their ecology are threatened by pollution. In addition to appreciating these natural underwater treasures, divers can take on important conservation roles. WWF is cooperating with AFCD and Hong Kong Reef Check to educate divers on marine litter. We invite Reef Check Team Leaders and volunteers to learn more about our marine ecology and the threats posed by marine litter, as well as how Reef Check divers can contribute to the protection of the marine environment through picking up underwater litter. Read more here.

For enquiries, please contact:
Mr Patrick Yeung
Project Manager, Marine
E-mail: pyeung@wwf.org.hk / Tel: 21619698
 
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Reef Check divers
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Fishery and Seafood Industry

One of the most common types of marine litter is polystyrene fish boxes, according to the Coastal Watch survey results. These boxes affect large areas of Hong Kong’s coastline and are difficult to clean up. To reduce this particular source of marine contamination, WWF is working with the fishing industry to research feasible alternatives to polystyrene. 
 
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Fishery and Seafood Industry
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Citizen Scientists

A lot of litter generated on land actually ends up in the ocean – but how? WWF, in collaboration with MakerBay, designed a GPS tracking device to see where litter that enters the sea through our inland storm drains and rivers ends up. We recruited students from 11 schools to become citizen scientists and help trace the movements of litter.

The device on the right is one of our GPS litter trackers. If you find one that has been washed onto the shore, please pick it up and contact WWF (pyeung@wwf.org.hk) for collection. 
 
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GPS tracking device
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GPS tracking device
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The ECF Sea without LItter project is sponsored by the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Campaign Committee.