Urgent Need to Expand Marine Conservation | WWF Hong Kong

Urgent Need to Expand Marine Conservation

08 June 2018

[HONG KONG – 8 June 2018] WWF’s Sea For Future exhibition highlights the need to establish more marine protected areas (MPA) in Hong Kong to safeguard our oceans from the numerous threats they currently face from rampant development, unregulated fishing practices, escalating marine traffic and marine litter pollution.

“Effective conservation measures are needed before it’s too late. Only 5% of Hong Kong waters currently established, or promised by the government, as MPAs by 2023 will not be enough. We need to do more to safeguard our valuable marine environments,” said Samantha Lee, Assistant Director, Oceans Conservation, WWF-Hong Kong.

The exhibition will be held from 5-17 June at Cityplaza in Taikoo Shing and from 13-22 July at Times Square in Causeway Bay and comprises a series of interactive activities, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences that provide a glimpse of the city’s amazing marine life and the urgent need to protect it.  

“WWF-Hong Kong is working to bend the curve on climate change and protect our oceans against further loss of biodiversity by advocating for the establishment of 30% of Hong Kong’s waters as MPAs by 2030. We have identified 7 marine sites of immediate conservation priority that could form the first 10% of an MPA network by 2020 to secure the future of our vulnerable marine hotspots,” said Peter Cornthwaite, CEO, WWF-Hong Kong.

Present at the launch event were Patrick Lai, Assistant Director (Country & Marine Parks), AFCDPeter Cornthwaite; Markus Shaw, Trustee, WWF-Hong Kong and event ambassador and oceans lover, artistKelly Cheung.

Sea for Future exhibition details:


5-17 June 2018 G/F, Cityplaza (Near Eslite Spectrum)

12:00pm - 8:00pm (Mon-Fri)

12:00pm – 9:00pm (weekend)

13-22 July 2018 Covered Piazza, Times Square
Exhibitions and activities:
  • Augmented reality (AR) will shed light on five of Hong Kong’s valuable marine species, including Chinese white dolphin, green turtle, hard coral, horseshoe crabs and Chinese bahaba
  • Virtual reality (VR) experience offers a deep dive into Hong Kong’s marine world
  • 1:1 yellow light buoys installation
  • Fun facts on marine species and information panels about MPA
  • Marine education workshop
Supported BySwire Trust
Venue sponsorCityplaza and Times Square