Added protection for marine life

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am


The government is set to create more protection areas and artificial reefs for fish. Authorities from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department believe this will enhance the diversity of marine life, along with the ban on trawling, which comes into effect at the end of the year.

The city's Artificial Reef Project, set up in 1996, has so far proved successful. There are now 668 man-made underwater 'cities' of tyres and broken boats in Hong Kong.

A study last year showed that the reefs are home to 101 species. These include the sweetlips fish, mangrove snappers and the highly valuable coral trout.

Some reefs have developed into mature ecosystems for invertebrates.