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Man-made beach will be 'bad for swimming'

Members of the Save Lung Mei Alliance show pictures of the area's marine life that will be affected by the project. Photo: Nora Tam

A biologist says the "ecologically valuable" Tai Po coast which the government will turn into a man-made beach is not suitable for swimming, while some local residents are gearing up to show support for the project even before the controversial construction begins, perhap

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 4:01am

Activists gird for battle to block man-made beach in Tai Po

Members of Save Lung Mei concern group protest at Lung Mei in April. Photo: Edward Wong

Activists against the development of a man-made beach on the Tai Po coast say they are ready to fight to the bitter end after exhausting all administrative means to stop the project.

6 Jun 2013 - 7:21am 6 comments

Official study identifies rare seahorse in Lung Mei

Swimming in Lung Mei, conservation officials say, are the spotted seahorse Hippocampus kuda (top), cowfish Lactoria cornuta (left) and dragonet Dactylopus dactylopus (right). Photos: Save Lung Mei Alliance

An official survey has confirmed the existence of a protected seahorse species in the Tai Po coast of Lung Mei, which is all but doomed to be turned into a man-made beach project.

29 May 2013 - 5:37am

Rare seahorse breeding in Lung Mei waters, environmentalists say

The Save Lung Mei Alliance calls for the protection of the natural shoreline and the sea creatures that call it home. Photo: Edward Wong

Fresh proof has emerged that a rare seahorse species is relying on a Tai Po coastline to breed, says a concern group hoping to halt a government plan to make a man-made beach out of the area.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

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4 Jan 2013 - 3:30am

Officials ask conservationists for more details on artificial beach plan

Lung Mei beach in Tai Mei Tuk. Photo: SCMP

Officials are seeking more details about claim that the environmental impact study done on the Lung Mei artificial beach project in Tai Po was misleading, in what conservationists say is a positive step in their bid to have the plan scrapped.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:50am

Environmental groups' legal threat 'silences' officials on Tai Po beach plans

Christine Loh Kung-wai

The government cannot answer some questions from lawmakers about a planned artificial beach in Tai Po because of legal action planned by environmental groups, the undersecretary for the environment said yesterday.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:12am

Activists raise alarm over toxins at Lung Mei site for artificial beach

Whelks with defective sex organs. Campaigners say the deformities were caused by pollutants at the proposed beach's site. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Further doubts have been raised over the water quality near a proposed artificial beach in Tai Po after an environmental group found sea snails with defective sex organs - signalling the presence of a toxic chemical.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:00pm

Environmental assessment supports artificial beach project, says government

Robin Lee Kui-biu and Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee attend a press conference on the Ting Kok Coastal Conservation Plan on Thursday. Photo: Felix Wong

The government defended its environmental assessment efforts for a controversial artificial beach project in Tai Po, on Friday morning, saying everyone involved would benefit.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:03pm

Chief executive Leung angers activists by backing man-made beach

Senior engineer Walter Poon on the shore at Lung Mei, where the creation of a man-made beach has been approved. Photo: Felix Wong

Plans for a man-made beach on a relatively unspoiled stretch of the shores of Tolo Harbour will go ahead after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying overruled his environment officials to express support for the controversial project.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:02pm 1 comment

At the village called The Very End, locals fear the end of peace

The rich marine life on the Lung Mei coast. Photo: Nora Tam

At the eastern tip of the Tai Po district, near the Plover Cove reservoir, lies a picturesque spot that is popular with holidaymakers.

Like many other undeveloped parts of Hong Kong, however, Tai Mei Tuk's natural beauty and serenity has proved to be its curse.

26 Oct 2012 - 8:45pm

Proposed Tai Po beach a seahorse breeding spot, say green activists

A seahorse in the sea at the site of the proposed Tai Po beach.

Environmental activists opposed to the construction of an artificial beach at Tai Po have found evidence that the site is a breeding ground for seahorses - a protected species.

Derek Li Kam-wa, spokesman for the Hong Kong Wildlife Forum, said he spotted two big seahorses and two small ones in Lung Mei, near the Plover Cove reservoir and the site of the proposed beach.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:34am