Protection urged for home of rare fish

South China Morning Post
23 April 2014

The possible home of the endangered and highly priced Hong Kong grouper in Sai Kung should be turned into a marine park to better conserve the species of fish, green groups say.

The call came after the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department took the area in Port Shelter off the priority list for designation as a marine park, saying further discussions were needed with affected parties.

But Green Power and the Eco-Education and Resources Centre say the Port Shelter waters are ecologically important, as half the 270 coral fish species ever spotted in Hong Kong were found there. In particular, the site in question – 359 hectares off the University of Science and Technology campus on the Clear Water Bay peninsula – could be one of the last remaining habitats for the rare local grouper.

The department said there was no pressing need to designate the waters as marine park as they found no apparent threats to the marine ecosystem.

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