Aug 182016

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Living Seas Hong Kong participates in Hong Kong Reef Check 2016
Raising public awareness about the value of coral reefs


A team of divers from Living Seas Hong Kong 勃勃海洋 (LSHK) participated in the Hong Kong Reef Check 2016 to monitor the health of the coral communities in Hong Kong.

The LSHK team prepared their scuba diving gear and set off to Tau Tun, Kat O Island (吉澳頭墩). Divers recorded the indicator species including 20 fishes and invertebrates along with the coral coverage and health status. The data helps to assess the coral condition and fauna diversity of the coral reef ecosystems over time.

Coral communities are rich in biodiversity. Species observed by the LSHK Team include wrasses, groupers and snappers. Invertebrates like crabs, urchins, sea cucumbers as well as vertebrates including different tropical coral reef fishes make up the rich underwater biodiversity.

Ng Tze Yan, the scientist for LSHK’s Hong Kong Reef Check team, said, “As we observed, the existing coral reefs at Tau Tun are quite healthy, not bleached or damaged. There are quite a number of fishes that we can find.”

“However, there are quite a number of sea urchins there. High densities of sea urchins can feed on the corals and cause damage. We should have a closer look at the situation.” Ng added.

“Our motto for LSHK is to preserve the marine environment for future generations,” said Jeffrey Lee, the co-founder of LSHK. “So one thing we can do is contribute our part to the reef check survey. This is also an opportunity to educate people about the state of Hong Kong’s marine environment and what we can do to help to preserve it.”

Hong Kong Reef Check 2016, a four-month exercise starting from June, covers the marine areas in the eastern part of Hong Kong waters, including a number of sites of ecological importance.

Participation in the global Reef Check initiative helps to track changes and stochastic impacts on reef systems worldwide. The data is primarily obtained through the annual reef check survey performed by citizen scientists under the guidance of a marine biologist. The data collected then feeds into a global database.



Event photos can be downloaded here:

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    Indicator species are observed and recorded by divers.
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    Team LSHK set off to Tau Tun for Reef Check 2016.
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    LSHK Co-founder Jeffrey Lee welcomes volunteers on board.
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    Team Scientist Ng Tze Yan.
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    By using the date sheet slate, divers can identify the marine species.
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    Team Scientist Ng Tze Yan explains the survey methodology to the volunteers.

A media press release can be downloaded here.


Jun 122016
In honor of World Oceans Day, enthusiastic volunteers joined Living Seas Hong Kong (LSHK)
to identify and remove ghost nets and rubbish surrounding
artificial reefs in Lobster Bay (Lung Ha Wan)
(Hong Kong, 11 June 2016)

Divers collect rubbish and ghost nets from artificial reefs

The goal this year was to explore the artificial reefs placed there and search for ghost nets or rubbish that might be harmful to marine life. Abandoned fishing nets are commonly found in the bay. LSHK volunteers collected a significant pile of nets and garbage in the area.  Ghost nets are hazardous to both marine life and humans. These nets become entangled on the coral reefs, the seabed or simply drift in the water. They restrict the movement of sea animals, causing starvation, laceration and infection, eventually death. Divers and snorkelers can get entangled too.

Mr Jeffrey Lee, Co-founder of LSHK said, “For the past several years, area students have been building and placing steel constructions about 1.5 m x 1.5 m in size near each other to create an artificial reef. In the first year, only a little marine life is attracted to each one, but after 3-4 years, the artificial reefs are teeming with life, with many juvenile fish and crabs, as well as large sweetlips, snappers and scads and groupers surrounding each one.”

“These, in turn attract fishermen who drop their nets near the steel artificial reefs. Sometimes they leave their nets behind, and they become ghost nets.” Lee added.

“Hong Kong’s marine environment is being literally destroyed by overfishing and now Hong Kong’s people are increasingly aware of the damage caused by marine litter,” said David O’Dwyer, the Chairman of LSHK. “Our daily litter can easily end up in the sea, where it smothers corals, traps marine life and enters the food chain, which ultimately affects our health. We have done some cleanups at Lobster Bay, but the solution lies in everyone reducing their consumption. Remember  the three r’s: Reduce, Reuse then Recycle.”

LSHK supports World Oceans Day 2016. A healthy ocean is critical to our planet’s survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.


Event photos can be downloaded here:


About Living Seas Hong Kong

Living Seas Hong Kong (LSHK) is a diverse group of Hong Kong residents, who all share a love and concern for the underwater world, some from a professional point of view, and some just because they are fascinated with the beauty and the diversity of marine life. Our major concerns with regards to Hong Kong’s marine environment is the lack of positive government action into looking at a resource that could be be vibrant and bring more longer term benefits to the people of Hong Kong.

For more information, please contact Living Seas Hong Kong via our contact form.



Oct 072015


Living Seas Hong Kong (勃勃海洋) is organising another coastal clean-up event for Hong Kong Cleanup / 清潔香港 on 18th October 2015 (Sunday), starting at 9am.

This is our 3rd cleanup for HK Cleanup and our 7th cleanup at this location. Last year we were awarded the title for the most trash collected in the 2014 HK Coastal Cleanup. Please join us to maintain that title for this year.

Again, we will be doing both beach cleanup and underwater cleanup (for qualified divers).

Please click on the following link to complete a registration form and to let us know how you can help out on the day.

Cleanup event online registration form

Look forward to seeing you.

Dec 022014

Living Seas Hong Kong was very proud  to receive an award at the Hong Kong Cleanup Challenge award ceremony on the 25th November. The Gold award is recognition for the hard work from all our volunteers at 19th October cleanup event at Bayside Beach.  Our award was for the most number of pieces collected.  At our 19th October, beach and underwater cleanup event beach we  found an environmental disaster with a snowstorm of polystyrene pieces on the beach and lots of ghost nets in the reef area.

Our volunteers did a great job to cleanup as much as was humanly possible.  Congratulations to all.

In attendance at the ceremony were Living Seas Hong Kong members, David O’Dwyer (Chairman), Jeffrey Lee and Jimmy Lo, together with key volunteers on the day, Julia Leung and Harry Chan.


The team, volunteers and members with Co-founder of Hong Kong Cleanup Nissa Marion

Living Seas Hong Kong core members, Jimmy, Jeffrey and Dod


Celebrating with other award winners