THE Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD, 漁護署) and Hong Kong Underwater Association (香港潛水總會) held a cleanup day at a Sai Kung beach in response to International Coastal Cleanup Day. Thirty-five volunteers went to Sharp Island (橋咀洲) and picked up 95kg of waste, consisting of thrownaway fishing equipment and other sea rubbish.
The AFCD said that sea animals might get caught on fishing equipment waste lying on the seabed and die. Clearing away this kind of rubbish will help improve the ocean environment and conserve resources there.
The AFCD also said they hope that through these cleanup days, divers and other volunteers can help keep the ocean clean and understand how important the marine ecosystem is, so that these events can go on to raise awareness about ocean conservation throughout the public as well.
(This article is published on Goodies on 10 October 2018)