Category Archives: Environmental

Cargo Ship Off Tauranga Likely to Break Up

The Rena,  a Liberian flagged container ship, hit Astrolabe Reef last Wednesday 5th October. Weather conditions were good, and the reef is a well charted feature. 11 of the containers apparently contain ferrosilicon which according to the BBC’s website is … Continue reading

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Virtual Tour of Hoi Ha Wan

WWF have launched a virtual tour of Hoi Ha Wan on their website. It gives visitors an overview of Hoi Ha Wan and the Marine Life Centre itself, as well as its varied habitat and life, including coastal habitats, corals, … Continue reading

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Coral Reefs: Winners and Losers

There has been a lot of talk about how global warming might affect coral reefs, and it seems clear that different reefs will be affected differently. It makes sense to concentrate on saving those reefs that can be saved, rather … Continue reading

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Effects of Increased Acidity on Coral

Further evidence that increased acidity of sea water could be bad news for the world’s coral reefs. In Papua New Guinea carbon dioxide is bubbling into the water on the slopes of a dormant volcano. This is making the water … Continue reading

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TED Video by Richard Pyle from 2004

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and its website has over 900 “TEDTalks” available online for free, from a wide variety of presenters. Richard Pyle is a self-proclaimed fish-nerd. He … Continue reading

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Trawling Banned in Hong Kong Waters

At long last the Hong Kong Government has banned trawling in Hong Kong waters. The hope is that this will save fish stocks, and also that it will give soft corals and other bottom-dwelling creatures the chance to recover as … Continue reading

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Lionfish Invading Atlantic

In recent years, we seem to be seeing more and more lionfish in Hong Kong, and they are very welcome as they add a nice splash of colour to a dive. Not so in the Atlantic where they are eating … Continue reading

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World Ocean Day and Sharkwater premiere

To help celebrate World Ocean Day, Ecovision and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are hosting a lunch panel discussion on Monday 7th June at the Mira Hong Kong Hotel in TST. In the evening they are also showing Sharkwater, and … Continue reading

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Rise in Number of Turtle Deaths in Gulf of Mexico

There have been a lot more dead turtles than usual washed up on beaches in the Gulf of Mexico. Inevitably there is speculation that this is related to the explosion and oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform on … Continue reading

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Former Dolphin Trainer’s Perspective on the Taiji Hunt

Taiji is the town in  Japan that was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, the Cove, which I was fortunate enough to see a few weeks ago when SCDC showed it at one of their Thursday Club nights.I had been expecting … Continue reading

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Coal Carrier on Barrier Reef

Here’s a photo showing the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the Barrier Reef, being  marred somewhat by the presence of dirty brown coalship, Shen Neng 1, before she was towed off the reef. She has now been anchored 70km away near … Continue reading

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Yagura Restaurant to Stop Serving Bluefin Tuna

WWF‘s latest newsletter has said that Yagura, the Japanese restaurant in the Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong, has pledged to take bluefin tuna off its menu. This is the first Japanese restaurant to do so in Hong Kong and WWF are … Continue reading

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