Day and night patrols
I would like to thank your correspondents for the support given to us for our efforts to protect the nesting site of the green turtle (letters headlined, 'Sea-based wardens needed' and 'Still worried about green turtle', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on August 5 and August 15 respectively).
Since the beginning of the turtle's breeding season this year, we have, as in the past two years, conducted patrols in the area, both during the day and at night, to protect the sea turtles.
Effective from July 30 of this year, with the designation of the beach as a restricted area, enforcement action can be taken against unauthorised entry to the area during the restricted period.
Noticeboards have been set up to show the boundary of the restricted area and the penalty of a fine up to $50,000 for unauthorised entry.
Apart from law enforcement, we also distribute notices and give advice on the importance of protecting the sea turtles to local residents and visitors.
A study is also being carried out on the suitability of designating the sea area of south Lamma as a marine park.
J. K. CHAN for Director of Agriculture and Fisheries