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Activities in 2018

Be Our Partner to organise the Shorelines Cleanup Day (2017-2018)

Since April 2015, the Working Group has launched the Shorelines Cleanup Day to partner with the community to protect the environment and keep Hong Kong’s shorelines clean. Various organisations including schools, non-governmental organisations and commercial companies have joined and contributed to a cleaner coastal environment. This year, we will continue to look for partners to organise joint shorelines cleanup events. 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. The cleanup days for April 2017 to March 2018 are as follows:

First Phase

Date Location Co-organiser
8 April 2017 (Sat) am Sam Mun Tsai, Tai Po Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd. Photos Event Achievement
6 May 2017 (Sat) am Nim Shue Wan, Lantau Friends of KMB Photos Event Achievement
3 June 2017 (Sat) am Sha Ha, Sai Kung The Federation of Hong Kong & Kowloon Labour Unions - Volunteering Committee (Cancelled due to bad weather)
29 July 2017 (Sat) am Shui Hau, Lantau The Boys’ & Girls’ Club Association of Hong Kong
Scout Association of Hong Kong HK Island Region
Photos Event Achievement
26 August 2017 (Sat) am Lung Kwu Tan TWGHs Yu Mak Yuen Integrated Services Centre
Scout Association of Hong Kong HK Island Region
Photos Event Achievement

Second Phase

Date Location Co-organiser
9 December 2017 (Sat) am Starfish Bay, Ma On Shan Chevalier International Holdings Limited Photos Event Achievement
13 January 2018 (Sat) am Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HKUST Connect Photos Event Achievement
10 February 2018 (Sat) am Sha Lan, Tai Po Gertrude Simon Lutheran College Photos Event Achievement
17 March 2018 (Sat) pm Shui Hau, Lantau Yaumatei Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road) Photos Event Achievement

Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are picking up refuse on beach Volunteers are taking a group photo after cleanup


Engagement Session with Community Groups

The Working Group organised an engagement session for interested community groups and public on 24 October 2017 at the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong Headquarters.

The engagement session was hosted by Mr Donald Tong, Permanent Secretary for the Environment and Chairperson of the Working Group. Representatives of the Working Group’s member departments also attended. A presentation was made by the representative of the Working Group on the various improvement measures being implemented and their progress, as well as the efforts on the review of marine refuse priority sites and the regional co-operation etc.. This was followed by an open floor discussion for attendees to exchange their views with Government representatives. Valuable views and suggestions on our work done and further measures to be adopted to help keep the shorelines clean were gathered at the meeting.

Powerpoint on Clean Shorelines work 2017

Marine Refuse Priority Sites

(November 2017 Revision)

To facilitate the work of the Working Group, EPD appointed a consultant to conduct a Marine Refuse Study to examine the source, distribution and fate of marine refuse. Based on the study findings, 27 locations have been identified as sites requiring priority actions in removing marine refuse. Since April 2015, additional resources have been deployed to enhance cleansing efforts, especially at the priority sites. More frequent cleansing operations have been arranged during the wet season when more marine refuse is often found at coastal areas. Improvement in cleanliness has been observed at the 27 priority sites, suggesting that stepped up cleansing is an effective means to tackle marine refuse pollution.

EPD commenced a review on the list of Marine Refuse Priority Sites in April 2017. Based on information collected during April 2015 to March 2017 (including cleanliness; concern raised by the public and government departments; amount of refuse; coastal geography, hydrology and land use; cleansing frequency, accessibility by public; and ecological value), EPD conducted an assessment using a scoring system by which sites in different districts each was accorded with a new priority. After an overall evaluation, the list of priority sites was updated in November 2017 to better redeploy resources for improvement of shorelines cleanliness. The new list comprises 29 sites, 15 existing and 14 newly added locations.

The new list of 29 Marine Refuse Priority Sites

15 Existing Locations 14 Newly Added Locations
Ting Kok, Tai Po Tap Mun (East)
Sha Lan, Tai Po Tap Mun (West)
Yim Tin Tsai and Ma Shi Chau Tombolo, Tai Po Starfish Bay, Ma On Shan
Lap Sap Wan, Shek O Tung Lung Island
Cape D' Aguilar, beach next to The Swire Institute of Marine Science Rocky Bay Beach
Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Shek O Beach
Shek Pai Wan, Lamma Lo Tik Wan, Lamma
Sam Pak Wan, Lantau Cheung Chau Tung Wan Beach
Nim Shue Wan, Lantau Cheung Chau Tung Wan (ungazetted beach area)
Pui O Beach Shap Long, Lantau
Shui Hau, Lantau Ham Tin, Lantau
Fan Lau, Lantau Cheung Sha, Lantau (ungazetted beach area)
Tai O, Lantau Tong Fook, Lantau (ungazetted beach area)
Lung Kwu Tan and Lung Kwu Sheung Tan, Tuen Mun Tai Long Wan, Shek Pik, Lantau
Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park
List of Marine Refuse Priority Sites