Trawling Ban

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.

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 3:40am

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On thousands turning out for Sunday's pro-government rally:

Bjorn Berg - I've heard so many bad things about groups like Caring Hong Kong Power and the Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited, it would be great if the SCMP would do a detailed feature on them to answer questions about who they are, who supports them.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

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