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Since November of 2014, the Environmental Campaign Committee, Environmental Protection Department and Education Bureau have jointly organised the "Marine Conservation, Cleaner and Greener Shorelines" programme under the Student Environmental Protection Ambassador Scheme (SEPAS). The program enriches the understanding about the status and causes of shoreline pollution, and invites participants to take practical action to protect the shorelines through a series of activities such as collection of refuse at beaches, compiling records, analysing data and group discussion.
From November 2014 to April 2015, a total of 464 students from 50 schools participated in 29 cleanup sessions at Lei Yue Mun, Wu Kai Sha, Stanley Beach, and Rocky Bay Beach. In addition to the joyful experience gained by participating in the cleanup activities, participants also learn about marine ecology. This new experience would be inspiring for not only the SEPAS members but also students studying Liberal Studies in the Senior Secondary Curriculum.
List of schools participating in the 2014/15 events (in alphabetical order):
AD&FDPOHL LEUNG SING TAK COLLEGE
BUDDHIST TAI HUNG COLLEGE
BUDDHIST WONG WAN TIN COLLEGE
CARITAS YL CHAN CHUN HA SEC SCH
CARMEL ALISON LAM FOUNDATION SEC SCH
CARMEL HOLY WORD SECONDARY SCHOOL
CHAN SHU KUI MEMORIAL SCHOOL
CHINESE FOUNDATION SECONDARY SCHOOL
CHIU CHOW ASSOCIATION SECONDARY SCHOOL
CHIU LUT SAU MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL
CHONG GENE HANG COLLEGE
CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE S W CHAN MEM COLL
HK & KLN KFWA SUN FONG CHUNG COLLEGE
HK SKH BISHOP HALL SECONDARY SCHOOL
HKBUAS WONG KAM FAI SEC & PRI SCH
HKMA DAVID LI KWOK PO COLLEGE
HO LAP COLL (SPSD BY THE SIK SIK YUEN)
HOLY FAMILY CANOSSIAN COLLEGE
HOLY TRINITY COLLEGE
HONG CHI MORNINGJOY SCHOOL, YUEN LONG
KAU YAN COLLEGE
KWAI CHUNG METHODIST COLLEGE
KWOK TAK SENG CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
KWUN TONG MARYKNOLL COLLEGE
LIU PO SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE
LOK SIN TONG LEUNG KAU KUI COLLEGE
MARYMOUNT SECONDARY SCHOOL
MISSION COVENANT CHURCH HOLM GLAD COLL
MKMCF MA CHAN DUEN HEY MEM COLLEGE
OUR LADY'S COLLEGE
PO CHIU CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
PO LEUNG KUK LO KIT SING (1983) COLLEGE
PUI SHING CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
SHA TIN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL
SHUN LEE CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
SHUNG TAK CATHOLIC ENGLISH COLLEGE
SKH TANG SHIU KIN SECONDARY SCHOOL
SKH TSOI KUNG PO SECONDARY SCHOOL
SOUTH TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT SEC SCH
STEWARDS POOI TUN SECONDARY SCHOOL
STFA CHENG YU TUNG SECONDARY SCHOOL
STFA LEE SHAU KEE COLLEGE
STFA SEAWARD WOO COLLEGE
TSEUNG KWAN O GOVERNMENT SEC SCHOOL
TSEUNG KWAN O PUI CHI SCHOOL
TWGH WONG FUNG LING COLLEGE
WELLINGTON ED ORG CHANG PUI CHUNG MEM SC
YCH WONG WHA SAN SECONDARY SCHOOL
A press briefing announcing the key findings of the Marine Refuse Study (the Study) and the recommended improvement measures was organised on 17 April 2015. More than 95 per cent of marine refuse originates from local sources, mainly shoreline and recreational activities, according to the Study. Over 80 per cent of marine refuse originates from land-based sources. Besides, more than 70 per cent (excluding natural debris) comprises plastic and foam plastic items and of a disposable nature. Details of the Study findings and the improvement measures are available in the full Study report.
To raise public awareness on keeping our shorelines clean, the Working Group has organised shorelines cleanup events, commencing on 25 April 2015, at various locations in the coming year, and co-organisers are being invited from the community for individual Shorelines Cleanup Days. Apart from the Working Group departments, community groups, namely Green Council, Hong Kong Cleanup and WWF Hong Kong, have been collaborating with the Working Group on promoting the clean shorelines message, and their representatives also attended the press briefing.
In order to raise public awareness on keeping our shorelines clean, the WG launched a Clean Shorelines Campaign and a slogan competition in 2013; a Clean Shorelines Day, a comics competition and a video filming competition in 2014. The fun does not stop there. We are now looking for partners to organise joint shorelines cleanup events in the coming year at various locations. Our partners will be co-organisers of individual Shorelines Cleanup Days, mainly to look after the recruitment of volunteers, while we will provide on-site programme briefing on cleanup procedures and refuse data collection for the participants, necessary gears and materials (gloves, garbage bags, data cards, pencils, clipboards, portable scales, etc.) and, where necessary, land transportation. We will publicise the cleanup events on our website, and other interested individuals could contact the organising partners for participating in the cleanup events.
Please join us in keeping our shorelines clean and see how your action could help protect the marine environment. We are recruiting partners for the cleanup events in two stages. The first stage ended in August 2015 and the second stage (December 2015 to March 2016) is now open for registration. The tentative schedule is as follows -
|First Stage (Completed)|
|25 Apr 2015 (Sat) am||Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun||Kowloon Tong Bishop Walsh Catholic School||Photos||Event Achievement|
|16 May 2015 (Sat) pm||Tai Wan To Beach, Lamma Island||Living Lamma||Video||Photos||Event Achievement|
|13 June 2015 (Sat) am||Sha Lan, Tai Po||International College Hong Kong||Photos||Event Achievement|
|27 June 2015 (Sat) am||Sha Ha, Sai Kung||Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited||Photos||Event Achievement|
|26 July 2015 (Sun) am||Wu Kai Sha, Shatin||Sheung Shui Government Secondary School||Photos||Event Achievement
|8 August 2015 (Sat) am||Shui Hau Mangrove, Lantau||Sogo Hong Kong Co. Ltd.||Photos||Event Achievement|
|Second Stage (Tentative date)|
|5 December 2015 (Sat) am||Sam Mun Tsai,Tai Po||Toshiba Electronics Asia, Ltd.||Photos||Event Achievement|
|23 January 2016 (Sat) am||Ting Kok ,Tai Po||Dr. Catherine F. Woo Memorial School||Photos||Event Achievement|
|27 February 2016 (Sat) am||Lung Kwu Tan, Tuen Mun||St. Francis Xavier's College||Photos||Event Achievement|
|24 March 2016 (Thu) pm||Sha Lan, Tai Po||Pentecostal Yu Leung Fat Primary School||(Cancelled due to bad weather)|
The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, inspected cleaning work at Lap Sap Wan, Shek O, on 28 July 2015 and received a briefing on the work on shoreline cleaning by various departments. Mrs Lam was accompanied by the Secretary for Food and Health, Dr Ko Wing-man; the Acting Secretary for the Environment, Ms Christine Loh; the Director of Environmental Protection, Ms Anissa Wong; and the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene, Miss Vivian Lau.
The Inter-departmental Working Group conducted a comprehensive study on marine refuse in Hong Kong. The study indicates that wind direction and water currents have a marked effect on refuse accumulation in coastal areas. It has identified 27 priority sites prone to refuse accumulation for the relevant Working Group departments to strengthen clean-up activities. Lap Sap Wan is one of the priority sites prone to refuse accumulation. To restore the cleanliness of the site, the FEHD and the MD have conducted a joint operation to clear most of the refuse accumulated on the shoreline. The FEHD will also conduct regular clean-up activities at Lap Sap Wan in the future.
Progress of Cleanup Operation
|29 April 2015
|24 June 2015||7 July 2015||24 July 2015||15 September 2015
Cleaning up the beach was no easy task due to technical, weather and safety concerns. The whole operation took place in about three months, from May to August 2015, including a trial run in mid-May to try out the cleanup method by the FEHD and MD. About 8,860 bags of refuse and some timber were collected. FEHD’s contractor packed the refuse into plastic bags, before handed over to MD’s contractor which shipped the bags of refuse and timber to the Ap Lei Chau Marine Refuse Collection Point and loaded them onto a grab lorry for disposal at landfill.
On 9 September 2015, the Chairman of the Working Group, Ms Anissa Wong; and representatives of the Environmental Protection Department, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Marine Department inspected some of the locations which require priority action to address the marine refuse problem, such as Ap Lei Pai in the Southern District, and Tai Wan To, Shek Pai Wan and Sok Kwu Wan of Lamma Island, to examine the improvement made. According to the Marine Refuse Study report published in April 2015, refuse tends to accumulate in some coastal areas under the influence of wind and water currents, and 27 priority sites including the above 4 locations are more prone to refuse accumulation and hence short-listed for enhanced improvement measures. Since April 2015, cleansing at these locations by FEHD and MD has been enhanced to improve their cleanliness.
|Motor sampan scavenging floating refuse within Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter||Scooper boat suitable for working in open waters inside Victoria Harbour||Ap Lei Pai||Tai Wan To||Shek Pai Wan||Sok Kwu Wan|
Led by the Secretary for the Environment, Mr Wong Kam-sing, representatives of the Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines, green groups and other related organisations on 26 September 2015 jointly took part in the Shorelines Cleanup Day held at Shui Hau on Lantau Island to promote the message of keeping our shorelines clean. Mr Wong urged members of the public not to leave any litter behind and to practise the habit of “Take your litter home” when engaging outdoor activities. In addition, the use of disposable utensils and containers should be avoided to help reduce waste at source and prevent waste entering the marine environment.