Poor policing at reservoir

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 July, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 July, 1996, 12:00am

I have recently started regularly walking around the Pokfulam Reservoir and am shocked at the abuse and poor policing of this beautiful area.

At weekends, almost without fail, I come across people dangling fishing lines into the reservoir where large goldfish and turtles innocently swim.

To my horror, on Sunday July 14, I encountered a crowd excited by a youth with a 30-centimetre fish dangling on the end of his line.

I then checked the country park regulations, which do not explicitly ban fishing. The next day I visited the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries office (about 100 metres from the fishing site).

Admitting that people do fish in the reservoir, the man I spoke to said fishing was, however, not permitted. In despair at he and his colleagues' apparent failure to police the area, I then found more evidence of fishing at the reservoir: discarded tackle, bread and water on the pavement.

Was it the group of youths illegally swimming in the reservoir further up the way who committed this crime, or someone else? I don't think the resident Agriculture and Fisheries Officers would have any idea, as their general lack of awareness suggests to me they do not care.

This is not good enough. Vigilance is needed if country parks are to remain free from abuse.

I would be interested to hear what the relevant government officials have to say about this general state of affairs.