Sunday, July 21, 2024

Mission Blue Recognizes Hong Kong Waters As the Newest ‘Hope Spot’


Ocean conservation organization Mission Blue announced this week that it has recognized the waters off the southern coast of Hong Kong as the newest “Hope Spot.”

The announcement is in recognition of local activists advocating for a formal marine protected area in Hong Kong waters.

Hong Kong’s coastline used to have over 6,000 species of fish, more than 100 species of coral as well as the finless porpoise and the iconic white dolphin, according to Mission Blue.

Dr. Robert Lockyer, an environmentalist and educator with local environmental advocacy group AquaMeridian:

“Sadly, as water sports have become more common and the number of marine pleasure craft increase each year, we see more and more injuries to marine life, almost to the point of totally wiping out some local populations. Take our local sea turtles for example; it’s really disheartening when we see the numbers of ‘boat strikes’ increase, and yet we see no new nestings. However, we witness that every year more and more sea turtles are being reported in Hong Kong’s waters.”

The new Hope Spot takes up more than 41,700 hectares/103,043 acres and includes areas of South Lantau, Soko Islands, South Lamma, Aberdeen, Po Toi and Cape D’Aguilar, according to Mission Blue.

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.