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.

Wednesday, 11 July, 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

Walker thwarts cobra smugglers

A Lantau Island resident walking her dogs at night discovered by chance nearly 800 live venomous Chinese cobras in plastic boxes by the sea.

Okka Scherer was exercising her dogs on Pui O beach, when they discovered the 789 snakes inside a stack of 181 plastic containers.

21 Feb 2012 - 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

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

Unsustainable shark fishing is a global issue that affects all of us

Charlie Lim, of the Marine Products Association ('Campaign hype doesn't help', March 19) dismisses my previous letter ('Red herrings introduced into fin debate', March 4) as 'campaign hype'.

I am not a campaigner.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

As societies change, traditions must, too

From California to Guam, the movement to end the consumption of shark fin is gaining momentum. Amid this discussion, I find striking the repeated assertion, cited in defence of continuing the practice, that shark fin is an important element of Chinese culture.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Shark's fin query rightly sticks in officials' craw

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Thursday Thinktank

1 Democratic Party votes against mass resignations ... they'd rather risk their Legco seats in the old-fashioned way - through a sex scandal.

2 Butchers more likely to carry superbugs ... and we thought the most dangerous thing they carried was a heavy sharp knife.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Deep blueish sea

The age-old axiom 'out of sight, out of mind' has a particular relevance to the magical underwater world which is under threat from pollution and other man-made menaces.

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Gifts from the sea

Shark's fin soup is a very expensive dish served in Hong Kong restaurants. People usually order this delicacy to celebrate special occasions or festivals.

However, shark fins are harvested in a cruel way. People catch sharks, cut off their fins and throw the sharks back into the sea. This results in a slow, painful death.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Aimless teens cause for concern

A survey has revealed that about 80 per cent of teenagers have not set any targets and most of them want to make money from investments.

Our society is much more materialistic nowadays.

Many teenagers believe that no matter what they do, their main aim should be to make money and buy the things they want.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am