Tag Archives: ocean health

Sham Wan Underwater Survey/Cleanup 18 May

12 May


Sham Wan, Lamma Island is one of the few remaining nesting sites for Green Sea Turtles in Southern China and the only site in Hong Kong. The site is very important to the survival of this highly endangered species, hence it has been designated as a Restricted Area from June and October every year to minimize disturbance of this nesting site.

AquaMeridian is looking for experienced divers to join them for an underwater survey and possibly ghost net clean up in the area before it closes to the public.

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Place: Sham Wan, Lamma Island

Volunteers needed: Max. 12 divers – AquaMeridian will give priority to experienced divers who have DM license, conducted ghost net cleanups and/or underwater survey locally, photography/ videography etc. before.

Cost: The boat will be sponsored, but volunteers will need to bring their own gear and/or pay for the tank rental:
$340 – full gear + weight belt + tank
$120 – tank & weight belt only
$80 – tank only

Note : There are NO toilets/changing rooms on the boat. Please bring water, some snacks etc.

For more information, please contact Pandie (whatsapp +852 9525 9475)

About AquaMeridian: AquaMeridian Conservation and Education Foundation (AquaMeridian) is a registered Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation founded by celebrity and avid conservationist, Sharon Kwok in 2013. Sharon has worked in Hong Kong’s public broadcasting and cinematic field since 1987, and she is also a fine art major and makes use of this throughout the global Chinese Diaspora for advocacy.

AquaMeridian aims to educate and engage the public – particularly in Hong Kong – about conservation and sustainability issues through creative and cross-cultural programs.

Hong Kong, the “Fragrant Harbour”, is a city built on its relationship with the sea. Growing from a small fishing island to one of the busiest trading ports in the world, it has long been dependent on our local natural riches. But as our population and demand for resources grew, we neglected our roles as caretakers of the planet, with overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution happening in our own waters.

Furthermore, Hong Kong acts as a hub for a thriving wildlife trade, with ivory and shark fin being bought and sold openly and legally. With Hong Kong long having been a multicultural bridge between the East and the West, as well as the gateway to China, increasing awareness of environmental issues within the city can have a far-reaching impact in the rest of Asia.

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Oceans: Our Blue Challenge

11 May


Social entrepreneur STAN SHEA, wildlife warrior and Marine Director of BLOOM Association is giving an exclusive talk on his fight to protect ocean biodiversity. BLOOM fought and won major policy victories in the EU and Hong Kong. It is an example of how a small association can make a difference.

This will be a relaxed fireside chat; a 20 minutes interview followed by 40 minutes of Q&A with a small & engaged audience.

Topics that will be covered include:
• HK as a global crossroad of illegal wildlife trade
• Fighting Wildlife Crime: A first hand report
• How to change societal attitudes? Tangible steps & examples
• Insider tips on how to make real impact and be a driver of policy change

Years at the forefront of HK’s environmental movement have made Stan a renowned figure in the global fight for marine protection. An avid diver, Stan is notably an author of numerous researches on shark fin and seafood trade. He is also one of the editors of the Hong Kong Register of Marine Species.

Are you:
• A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR or aspiring to become one?
• CONCERNED about protecting marine ecosystems
• An ENTHUSIAST concerned about Hong Kong’s disastrous environmental record?
Then this is a talk you need to come to.

Hosted by Earth.Org at The Hive Sheung Wan.

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Place: The Hive Sheung Wan, 33-35 Hillier St, Sheung Wan

Price: $50, incl. one drink
To register please follow this link

About BLOOM: BLOOM is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works to preserve the marine environment and species from unnecessary destruction and to increase social benefits in the fishing sector. BLOOM wages awareness and advocacy campaigns in order to accelerate the adoption of concrete solutions for the oceans, humans and the climate. BLOOM carries out scientific research projects, independent studies, and evaluations that highlight crucial and unaddressed issues such as the financing mechanisms of the fishing sector. BLOOM’s actions are meant for the general public as well as policy-makers and economic stakeholders.

About Earth.Org: Earth.Org is a global environmental non-profit raising awareness about biodiversity loss and the deteriorating conditions of natural ecosystems worldwide. It advocates for better stewardship of natural resources and campaigns for countries to adopt principles of natural capital accountancy into their economic policy decisions. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, AI, satellite images and cloud computing, Earth.Org presents accessible, synthesised and engaging content for educational, advocacy and policy purposes.

Lamma Island Hike Cleanup – 14 April

16 Mar


Hong Kong has a huge trash problem, that is no secret. Whether you are traversing through a country park, relaxing at a beach or walking through the busy metropolis, it is impossible to avoid waste.

Unfortunately, a lot of rubbish gets neglected until it is too late. Contrary to what many people may think, even waste in the city centre, through being washed into the gutter, can end up in the ocean.

Waste Free HK’s goal is to avoid this scenario as much as possible through urban cleanups, making sure to leave places spotless.

This time you will be doing something different. A group hike across Lamma island, where you will then finish at a beach, clean up and have a little party.

HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations are working with Helper Choice for this clean up event, which is an amazing organisation working connecting 200,000+ of employers and domestic helpers directly and ethically. This is not their first time working on a clean up event, and many of their members are amazing individuals.

The event will begin at 11:00. There is a ferry at both 10:00 and 10:30 to Yung Shue Wan that takes you directly to the ferry. You will begin with your hike of the island, finishing up at the beach.

Reusable bags and gloves will be provided to anyone who RSVP’s, however please feel free to bring your own.

Date: Sunday, 14 April 2019

Time: 11am – 3pm

Place: Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier

Registration: To register for this plog, please follow this link

For enquiries, please email hkploggers@gmail.com

Disclaimer:
For those participating in a plog, hike or any other event organised by HK Ploggers and collaborating organisations, whether in the countryside or a busy urban area, could potentially lead to injury. HK Ploggers and its partners are not responsible for any injuries cause during events and individuals are responsible for themselves. If you have any underlying medical conditions, please make them known before. You must have medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in any exercise program, and plogging is no different.

When you attend an event, you waive and release HK Ploggers and any other co-organiser, their members and sponsors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of your participation in any events.

About Waste Free HK: Waste Free HK is an organisation aiming to promote a sustainable lifestyle through education, events and campaigning.

Established in Early 2018, WFHK has begun organising various cleanup activities across Hong Kong, the first ‘Plastic Attack’ in the city with the aim of building a better relationship with major chains with the hope of stronger dialogue, as well as building a relationship with various government bodies with the goal of working together to reduce the waste issue blighting our beautiful city.

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – RECRUITING DIVERS

9 Aug

Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup Dive Program – Eco Marine Team Diving Day – RECRUITING DIVERS (INDIVIDUALS AND SMALL GROUPS)

Eco Marine has received many requests from individuals that are not part of a diving group and smaller dive groups thats are too small to form a 10 person team to join their adventure cleanup dive program. That’s why Eco Marine has put together the Eco Marine Team Diving Day and are now inviting you to join their dive on 1 September! Eco Marine recommends this for individuals with minimum PADI AOW or equivalent dive qualification and with previous dive experience in Hong Kong waters. To register, please sign up on the google form link below.

Dive 1: Nature Appreciation Dive
The dive club will work together with all of its participating divers to conduct a simple ecological survey of the dive site, with the objective to create a dive site drawing/artwork and photo album showing the following:
* Site location
* Approximate depths
* Ecosystem – coral reef, rocky reef, mangroves, sand
* Dominant substrates – sand, coral, seagrass, rock, etc.
* Species encountered
Participants will use their skills and creativity to complete the above. The end product can be scientific, accurate, exaggerated, to scale, not to scale, artistic, creative, or some or all of the above. The objective is not to make a scientifically accurate map but for participants to notice and appreciate the ecological diversity and value of the dive site and to create something that is informative, fun, creative and unique to share with others.

Dive 2: Rubbish Challenge
Dive teams will work together to perform a cleanup dive. Participants should follow the cleanup protocol as briefed by their dive leader (dive leaders will attend a training/Q&A session with Eco Marine). The cleanup protocol will follow a simplified version of the Project Aware Dive Against Debris Protocol. This activity can serve as a good introduction to divers that may be interested to take the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course in the future. Participants will weigh the trash collected and take note and photograph:
* Most common type of rubbish found
* Most interesting item of rubbish and why
* Most dangerous item of rubbish and why

Tackle and Source Solution:
What can the dive club do to tackle the marine waste and pollution at source? Agree with the team on what this is and incorporate into your dive team protocol/routine.
Artwork, photographs and cleanup report will be provided to Eco Marine for sharing by 7 October 2018. Eco Marine will host a casual happy hour and sharing session for participants in mid October where prizes will be awarded for:
* Best Dive Site Artwork
* Most Rubbish Collected (by weight)
* Best Photo related to Rubbish Challenge Dive
* Best Photo related to Nature Appreciation Dive
* Best Tackle at Source Solution

Date: Saturday, 1 September 2018

Time: 8:45am in Sai Kung Old Pier, return to pier at 5pm

Price:
Boat Fee for the day: $280 (Cost after subsidy by Ecomarine)
Rent BCD: $50 pcs
Rent Reg: $50 pcs
Rent full gear: $150 set (incl. Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Wetsuit, BCD and Regulator)

Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/ZUQ6WpVb1RuiULOm1

Payment Method: Pay via bank transfer or EPS to Eco Marine: Hang Seng Bank 390-435030-883. Please upload payment slip in google form. Eco Marine will send you a confirmation email once your place is confirmed.

*Lunch is not provided. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch and eco-friendly utensils. No single use plastics.

For more information about the event, please visit Eco Marine’s Facebook page

About Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup : The Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup event series engages with different sports communities to tackle marine pollution. Each adventure cleanup event combines a healthy and fun sports adventure, an ecological activity or challenge, and a coastline or in water cleanup. Eco Marine aim is to engage sports communities in the conversation to tackle waste and challenge them to identify any opportunities in their sport to tackle the waste problem at source.

Earthwatch Institute – be part of a Scientific Expedition

19 Apr

Earthwatch is an international nonprofit organization that connects citizens with scientists to improve the health and sustainability of the planet. For the last 45 years, Earthwatch has empowered nearly 100,000 volunteers to join leading scientists on field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe—from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Join and Expedition:
Earthwatch provides citizens with the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists to combat some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. With Earthwatch, you will experience hands-on science in some of the most astounding locations in the world. You will meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.

Anyone can join an expedition—no experience necessary! Volunteer opportunities cover a variety of subjects including archaeology & culture, climate change, ocean health, and wildlife & ecosystems. All training will be provided upon your arrival.

Earthwatch offers both adult expeditions and teen expeditions for 15- to 17-year-olds. Teens are also welcome on most of Earthwatch’s adult expeditions if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers join Earthwatch from all over the world.

To select an expedition and to sign up, please visit their website find an expedition you are interested in, and read the expedition briefing (you’ll find a link to the briefing at the top of the expedition website). That will give you all of the information about the expedition. When you are ready to book, simply book online.

For more information please contact Earthwatch at info@earthwatch.org