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Fisherman finds baby's rotting body off North Point ferry pier

A man fishing off a North Point pier was shocked to discover a dead baby in a shopping bag.

The man was fishing with other anglers when he spotted an environmentally friendly shopping bag floating off Tong Shui Road Public Pier, about 100 metres off North Point Ferry Pier, at about 5.30pm.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 5:50am

Hong Kong in a frenzy over Sai Kung shark-sighting video

An image from the video shows the shark on the end of an angler's line in Sai Kung. Photo: Red Door News

In a video that yesterday went viral, a six-foot (1.83m) shark emerges from the sea in Sai Kung to shock two anglers reeling in a fish. The video posted on Facebook shows one of the anglers struggling, with the shark at one stage appearing to grab the fish on his rod as his pal records the extraordinary scene.

21 Apr 2013 - 12:35pm

Taiwan would 'expel' mainland trawlers under Japan fishing deal

A Taiwan coast guard vessel joins a drill held near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's fishery authorities say they would kick out mainland trawlers caught in areas covered under a new Taipei-Tokyo fishing-rights accord reached on Wednesday.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:15am 48 comments

Chinese fishermen under-report haul from foreign waters, say researchers

Chinese fishermen under-report haul from foreign waters, say researchers

Chinese fishing boats catch about 4.6 million tonnes of fish in foreign waters each year - a haul worth about US$11.5 billion - and substantially under-report their netted take, according to findings by overseas researchers.

5 Apr 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, January 30, 2013

Public estates are a perfect location. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Because of Sheung Shui's proximity to Shenzhen, Hong Kong-born children living on the mainland tend to be sent to schools in North District. 

30 Jan 2013 - 4:32am 3 comments

Shark fin opponents dogmatic

Recent letters concerning shark fin have shown unquestioning acceptance of a dogma.

There is a refusal on the part of correspondents to consider opposing viewpoints when dealing with those they consider to be the unenlightened.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 10 comments

Hong Kong's trawling ban is big step to sustainable fishery

About 800 school children and teachers form the shape of a Chinese white dolphin, along with the word "Protect" and Chinese characters "Ocean" to complement the government's ban of trawling in Hong Kong from 2013. Photo: Reuters

Free markets have their place, but not when it comes to fishing. That is why the ban on bottom and mid-water trawling in our waters took effect at the start of the new year and is so welcome. Limited restrictions and a ravenous appetite for seafood have led to the fishing industry harvesting a greater catch than is sustainable.

4 Jan 2013 - 3:40am

Trawling ban means end of an era for Hong Kong's fishermen

Keung Pak-ho is calling it a day after fishing in Hong Kong waters for 40 years. Photo: Edward Wong

Keung Pak-ho first went out to sea at the age of eight, helping his father steer their wooden fishing sampan.

By the age of 14, he was a skilled fisherman on a shrimp trawler, supporting his widowed mother and brothers.

1 Jan 2013 - 7:45am

Trawling ban threatens local fish balls and shrimp paste

Lam Law-ping is reluctant to import fish-ball ingredients from the mainland. Photo: Dickson Lee

The ban on trawling in Hong Kong waters could result in the loss of two local delicacies - fish balls and shrimp paste - those in the industry warned.

The owner of a popular shop that sells quality home-made fish balls, using local supplies, said his business would close if he cannot find affordable substitutes.

29 Dec 2012 - 9:54am 1 comment

Turning trawlers into marine tour boats requires extensive modifications

So Ping-man, of the AFCD, says the department will investigate what modifications trawlers may need. Photo: Eric Li

As fishermen grapple with the trawling ban, one idea being considered is altering the boats so they can accommodate small tour groups seeking a close-up view of how seafood makes it onto our tables every day.

Fishermen could also take passengers to outlying islands for eco-tours.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Trawl ban may bring threatened species back into local waters

Keung Pak-ho

Despite the general scepticism, there are still those who are optimistic about the trawling ban.

Fisheries officials, marine scientists and fishermen expect local waters to soon be teeming with more shrimps, crabs and fish, although they believe that some species may well be gone for good.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Fishermen, green groups sceptical about trawling ban

Trawler fishermen hoist their messages in Victoria Harbour yesterday, demanding adequate compensation. The protest started at Cyberport and ended in Central. Photo: Nora Tam

Days before a ban on trawling in local waters turns a new page in Hong Kong's marine conservation efforts, environmentalists and fishermen remain sceptical about the ban and its compensation arrangements.

Fifty square kilometres of sea will be protected from the damaging fishing practice when the ban takes effect on Tuesday, 14 years after it was first proposed.

29 Dec 2012 - 9:55am

Probe over false claims by Hong Kong fishermen for compensation

Some trawler operators based in Aberdeen have questioned the criteria for compensation over a local trawling ban. Photo: Felix Wong

Police have been asked to investigate suspected forgery involving fishermen making false compensation claims under a government scheme to ban trawling.

28 Dec 2012 - 6:47am

Runway impact on fishing worse than estimated, says WWF

The impact of the third runway on fisheries may be as much as five times more serious than the Airport Authority's assessment and deal a blow to the fishing industry, environmentalists say.

A study by the University of British Colombia, commissioned by WWF Hong Kong, cast doubt on the authority's assessment of the impact of the proposed runway.

1 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sea change

One man's desire to make a difference to the lives of the poor has changed a fishing village in the Philippines forever. He is Jonah Nobleza, founder of Marina Gana Vida, and winner of the 2012 Make a Difference (MaD) grand award.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am