Shark Net

Shark reported in run-up to Dragon Boat festival

A shark was reportedly spotted cruising off Stanley yesterday, four days before the Dragon Boat festival races on Saturday.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Boat driver who killed swimmer avoids jail

A speedboat driver who hit and killed a swimmer in Clear Water Bay last year was ordered yesterday to perform 240 hours of community service.

While a lawmaker felt the sentence was adequate, the victim's widow said it was too lenient.

The Department of Justice is studying the judgment to consider whether to appeal.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Cleaner water may be drawing sharks to HK

Improving water quality could explain why more sharks have been spotted in Hong Kong's waters this summer than at any time since 1996, according to a marine expert.

'More than 10 years ago the Hong Kong government began to clean up the pollution sources along the east coast of the New Territories,' said Suzanne Gendron, head of zoological operations at Ocean Park.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Education Mailbag

Cast a real NET and harvest some reality

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Air patrol wages war on sharks, but critics doubt effect

The single-engine Cessna plane banks in a stomach-churning corkscrew as the ocean below flashes past in a whirl of blue.

'This is what we do when we see a shark,' pilot Charles Supplice says, his voice crackling over the intercom system. 'We orbit above and keep on top of it until everyone clears out of the water.'

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Tougher action needed against speeding boats

Following the boating tragedy in Clear Water Bay ('Death charge possible in speedboat tragedy', August 20), I strongly urge the marine police and Marine Department to actively review their patrol and enforcement duties. Many wakeboarders and speedboats continue to use no-speeding areas during the busy summer period.

22 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Container vessel runs aground off Butterfly Beach

Workers were last night trying to refloat a mainland container ship that ran aground and ripped through a shark net after a collision off a Tuen Mun beach.

The skipper of the Hua Hang 223 told marine officials he ran the 43-metre vessel on to Butterfly Beach to avoid sinking after taking on water following a collision with the 50-metre Fat Sang 7 at about 6am.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Jaws of death

It is every swimmer's and surfer's nightmare. As summer in Australia reaches its peak, the fear of being mauled or killed by a shark is in the minds of the millions heading to the beach.

7 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Just when sharks thought it was safe ...

A petrified young couple, mistakenly abandoned by the rest of their diving party, paddles frantically in a vast, unfriendly stretch of ocean ... as the fin of a killer shark circles menacingly and death closes in on them, minute by excruciating minute.

18 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Expert criticises beach closures

SCMP, May 8, 2001: A shark expert yesterday accused government officials of over-reacting by closing nine beaches after the sighting of two sharks on Sunday.

The criticism came as the beaches affected by the alert were re-opened yesterday after a 24-hour search failed to find further sign of the sharks.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am

Shark nets have been effective

I refer to the letter from Paul Surtees (South China Morning Post, September 15) suggesting the provision of two rows of perimeter nets at gazetted beaches.

8 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

No shark alert after unconfirmed sighting

Seven or eight sharks were reportedly sighted by a woman off Deep Water Bay yesterday, but Government officials decided not to issue a shark alert as the report, the second in two days, was not confirmed.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department was immediately informed after the woman reported the sighting to police shortly after 12.30pm.

9 May 2001 - 12:00am

Shark alert labelled an overreaction as swimmers allowed back in the water

A shark expert yesterday accused government officials of overreacting by closing nine beaches after the sighting of two sharks on Sunday.

The criticism came as the beaches affected by the alert were reopened yesterday after a 24-hour search failed to find further sign of the sharks.

8 May 2001 - 12:00am

Fighting litter on land and sea

More than 80 public-spirited volunteers took part in the Beach Clean-up Activities 1999 at Clearwater Bay Second Beach, Sai Kung, earlier this month.

31 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Shark nets 'lacking in strength'

Shark prevention nets damaged at five beaches hit by Typhoon Leo are made of inadequate materials and should be replaced, industry experts warn.

And maintenance specialists have criticised the time it took to repair nets after the storm, which left some of the beaches exposed for up to two weeks.

1 Jun 1999 - 12:00am