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Charlie Hung

Dr. Andy Cornish, Director of Conservation of World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) Hong Kong, took part in a sharing session of Shue Yan University, with the topic “The conversation of the Chinese White Dolphin”. He emphasized the urgency and importance of conservation of Chinese White Dolphin, especially the proposed infrastructure projects at Lantau Island will probably influence the marine life over there.

  With the developments of Lantau Island, mainly for Chek Lap Kok Airport, the reclamation induced a chain of pollutions from dredging and dumping, upset the ecosystem of the sea areas. Activity of overfishing also made the amount of fishes diminished. Cornish pointed out that they are primary reasons for the change of dolphins’ habitat and that’s why the number of them is decreasing.

  In 2002, Hong Kong Government proposed to set up a scheme for the protection of Chinese White Dolphin and marine parks, nevertheless, it has not been materialized within 7 years.

  There are next ten infrastructure projects coming up , including Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge(HZMB) Construction, will tremendously hit the habitat of the dolphins once again. “The government is now conducting a dangerous experiment,” Cornish said.

  From the position of WWF, “The government must designate them before initiating the construction of the bridge.” WWF also urged the government to set up law to stop commercial fishing in marine parks and surrounding sea areas of Hong Kong.

  Cornish explained that, since white dolphins swim among the coastal areas of Zhujiang Delta, therefore it is a must to the government on establishing a cross-border monitoring committee with the Pearl River Delta Regional Government.

  “It’s hard to protect the dolphins in Hong Kong. If we want to protect them, then we have to protect all the dolphins in China,” he continued.

  Cornish encourages people to be volunteered in protection of marine, for instance, they can pick up the rubbish floating on coastal areas, but the way what he thinks the best is joining WWF for support.

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