Healthy aquarium vital when going for goldfish

Fish can be pleasing pets, but they need constant care. Photo: AFP


Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 11:50pm

Sharks dying to go into fisherman's nets, says mainland aquatics product rep

Most shark fins harvested globally are sold to mainlanders. Photo: EPA

China's aquatics product industry is taking on ex-basketball star Yao Ming in defence of the trade in shark fins.

18 Aug 2012 - 4:35am

Shark-fin banquet ban needs support

Changing traditions is not easy. It is even more difficult when substantial economic interests are involved. The battle to curb consumption of shark fin on the mainland is a case in point. Despite intensifying global campaigns to take the dish off the menu, appetite for the delicacy remains strong.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Official banquets may ban shark fin

The mainland is considering banning officials from eating shark fin at banquets paid for by public money within three years - a prohibition environmentalists say would give a big push to global efforts to end the trade.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Family tells of terror after shark shuts down beaches

A woman has described the terrifying moment when she saw a huge shark as she swam with a group of children off Lamma Island.

Police confirmed the presence of a shark yesterday and authorities ordered the closure of 12 beaches on Lamma and Hong Kong Islands.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Petition to Legco that criticises eating of shark fin contains tainted information

I refer to the Lai See item ('Unhealthy appetite for cruelty in world's shark-fin capital, June 5) on a recent petition to legislators in Hong Kong, which once again criticises Chinese people for eating shark fin. It is signed by 41 scientists.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Sustainable fishing is what matters

Proposed European Union shark fishing regulations will require sharks to be landed with fins on ('Europe plans blanket ban on shark finning', November 22).

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Saying no to shark fin

I am writing to express my view on The Peninsula hotel deciding to take shark fin dishes off its menu from the start of next year. I think other top hotels are likely to follow suit.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sea change? Peninsula takes shark fin off menu

Hong Kong's oldest hotel will take shark fin off the menu in a move applauded by marine conservation groups.

From the start of next year, The Peninsula will stop serving the iconic Chinese dish. It is the first hotel in the city to impose a complete ban.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rare HK fish faces danger in paradise

The only freshwater fish named after Hong Kong, identified recently as a new species, is already dwindling in numbers, spurring efforts by scientists to step up a breeding programme.

The Hong Kong paradise fish, Macropodus hongkongensis, found only in the city, is threatened by man-made damage to its habitat.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No shark fin for Yao Ming

When Chinese basketball star Yao Ming got married he did not have shark fin soup at his wedding. Many rich people like to eat shark fin soup because it shows everyone that they are rich.

But Yao and his wife Ye Li have been saying 'no' to shark fin since 2006.

'Sharks are not our food,' he said.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Into the depths of the sea

Ocean Park is a great way for youngsters to get a closer look at marine life, but for Geoffrey Yau, from Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School, the open sea is where he gets his fix of sea animals.

Geoffrey, 14, goes diving once or twice every month with his parents and friends. He is armed with his diving gear, a camera and unflagging determination to explore the ocean.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Sylvia Earle

TESTING THE WATERS When I was 12, my family moved to Dunedin, Florida, on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. The gulf was my big blue backyard, the place where I first used a facemask to see sea creatures in their own world, not in the market or on a plate.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Pearl perch set to make a splash

A round-bellied fish with a small head and black spots is making a return to Hong Kong's supermarkets, but anyone who wants one will have to pay a relatively high price.

The pearl perch, with properties said to promote growth and help stave off cancer, will cost HK$60 to HK$70 a catty (600 grams), double the cost of the popular grey mullet.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am


Sustainable fisheries key to shark fin debate

I refer to the letter by Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ('Distinct lack of tolerance in shark fin debate', April 4).

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am