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 these are often destroyed by the trawlers’ nets.
Most of us who have dived in Hong Kong can testify to the destructiveness of inshore trawling as a fishing method, as the seabed is scoured of life by the nets. Fish catches have declined dramatically since the 1970s.
Legco has apparently proposed a HK$ 1.7 billion dollar scheme to provide payments to some 400 trawler owners and crew.
So, great news there, and I might have to make time for a dive the next time I’m back in the territory, in the hope that this ban will make a difference.