Calls to back fish industry
A MOTION urging the Government to develop policies to safeguard the territory's fishing industry against the threat of pollution from major infrastructure works was endorsed by a majority of legislators, including the three ex-officio members.
But the Secretary for Economic Services, Gordon Siu Kwing-chue, rejected one part of the motion brought by Democratic Party legislator Lee Wing-tat, which called for an immediate review of the levels of ex-gratia payments to fishermen whose livelihood were damaged by dredging and pollution.
The Government had to wait until the completion of a new fishery survey to provide more accurate and comprehensive data in early 1998, Mr Siu said.
Until then, the Government could only define the compensation on the basis of a 1991 study, he added.