Advocating for more marine protected areas | WWF Hong Kong

Advocating for more marine protected areas



Sharp Island and Shelter Island 
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Hong Kong’s sea life has an amazing variety of habitats and species. However, they currently face numerous threats from rampant development, unregulated fishing practices, escalating marine traffic and marine litter pollution. Other threats loom: a total of 2,000 hectares of local waters are planned for reclamation and development in the decades ahead.

Effective conservation measures are needed before it’s too late. Currently, five per cent of Hong Kong waters are designated, or planned to be established, as MPAs by 2023, while fishing and vessels are banned from less than 0.01% of Hong Kong waters. Scientists, conservationists and NGOs have been calling for 30 per cent of global waters to be designated as marine protected areas (MPA) by 2030.

By working closely with local academics and experts, we identified seven of Hong Kong’s most sensitive areas for further protection and the establishment of sustainable fisheries. We are proposing these seven priority sites for marine conservation, achieving 10 per cent of our MPA goals

WWF wants to acknowledge the Swire Trust for supporting our Sea for Future project, which aims to safeguard the future of Hong Kong’s marine life and restore our fisheries resources.
 
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What is a Marine Protected Area (MPA)?

A marine protected area (MPA) is a zone designated and managed to protect marine habitats and species for the good of the ocean, society, economy and culture.  Within MPAs, human activities such as fishing, vessel traffic and tourism are regulated.  MPAs can come in the form of a fully protected marine reserve, a moderately protected marine park, or a no-take zone among others.

Protecting Chinese white dolphins / ©: WWF-Hong Kong
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Reducing the impact of recreational activities / ©: WWF-Hong Kong
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Sea For Future - Booklet 
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Sea For Future - Booklet
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Marine Protected Areas - Smart Investments in Ocean Health 
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Marine Protected Areas - Smart Investments in Ocean Health
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