WWF Coastal Watch「育養海岸」活動- 19 June 2016 (Sunday)

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現在誠邀您參與我們在2016年舉辦的第二個公民科學(Citizen Science)活動-Coastal Watch「育養海岸」,內容包括生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動+BBQ

世界自然基金會香港分會(WWF)主辦的「育養海岸」計劃是香港首個大型公民科學普查活動,延續2012年膠粒事件的海洋保育精神,旨在搜集海洋垃圾和生物多樣性資訊,助政府制定長遠有效的海洋保育政策。在2014/15的活動中,已經有超過1000位義工在全港34個海岸地點參與計劃。今次活動是由科學家Maegen與保促進會的可持續發展專家帶領,目的是保護大潭的紅樹林。「育養海岸」是一個兩年的計劃,每半年於各個海岸地點搜集數據,今次是大潭最後一次的「育養海岸」活動。

招募對象: 修讀相關環境保護學科或對此議題有興趣的大專學生(包括IVE、各大學或院校學生)
名額:   25位
日期:   2016年6月19日(日)
時間:   13:30 -17:30
(13:30-16:00 生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動, 可參考6月天文台潮汐預報, 橫瀾島潮汐低於0.9m)
(16:00-17:30 BBQ)
地點:   大潭SSSI具特殊科學價值地點+ 大潭篤生態教育中心 ( 交通方法 )
內容:   紅樹林生態及海洋垃圾調查+清理行動+BBQ
費用:   全免

備註:

1. 當日會需要經過可能高於30cm深的小溪,請穿著合適的衣物和水鞋/堅固的密封鞋
2. 請帶備替換衣物
3. 可帶備防水袋以保護貴重物品如智能電話、相機等
4. 建議塗抹太陽油、戴帽及多喝水

報名方法: 請於2016年6月12日(日)或之前,填妥網上報名表格(http://goo.gl/forms/EwDi0FfIW1UjlUlK2),我們會盡快通知您是否獲選參與活動,先到先得。
歡迎邀請身邊朋友參與!  如有任何問題,歡迎電郵(bel@taitamtuk.org)查詢。

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We are now having a chance to explore Tai Tam SSSI – a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with diverse terrestrial and marine habitats, including HK island’s last mangrove. Please join our second citizen science event for 2016, Survey + Cleanup + BBQ at Tai Tam! 

WWF’s Coastal Watch programme is HK’s first large-scale citizen science survey providing the EPD/AFCD data on marine debris and biodiversity after the 2012 plastic pellet crisis.  To obtain accurate picture of the marine litter problem around Hong Kong,1000+ people surveyed 34 coastal areas throughout HK in 2014-15.  This site action focuses on the protected mangrove area in Tai Tam led by Team Scientist Maegen with sustainability experts from Green Council HK. It’s the fourth and final survey of the two-year project and results will be released at the end of 2016.

Target: Students studied environmental related field or students who feel interested in environmental issues
Quota: 25
Date: 19 Jun (Sun), 2016
Time: 13:30 – 17:30
(13:30 -16:00 clean up + survey, predicted tide lower than 0.9 m, see June tide tables of Waglan Island)
(16:00 -17:30 BBQ)
Location:  Tai Tam SSSI + Tai Tam Tuk Eco Education Centre  (transportation)
Content: Mangrove scientific survey + cleanup + BBQ after
Cost: FREE

Remark:

1. Please wear suitable boots/sturdy closed-toe shoes and clothing as we will cross the stream and water level may reach 30 cm or higher.
2. Please bring spare clothes.
3. Please prepare water-proof bag to keep your own belongings like smartphone or camera.
4. Sunscreen, hats and drinking water are highly recommended.

Application: Please apply here (http://goo.gl/forms/EwDi0FfIW1UjlUlK2) to confirm your space by 11 June (Sun). First-come-first-served, friends welcome.  Looking forward to seeing you in the event!Please free feel to contact us(bel@taitamtuk.org) if you have any questions.

 

Capacity building on horseshoe crabs

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6 March 2015 / Dr. Paul Shin and Dr. S.G. Cheung, Associate Professors of the Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University Hong Kong kindly met with Vickie and Jenna to build capacity on horseshoe crab surveying of Tai Tam this coming summer.

Horseshoe crabs are known as “living fossils” first appearing some 450 million years ago in the Ordovician era- well before the dinosaurs! There are now 4 species worldwide and in Hong Kong you can find two, the Chinese horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) and Mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda).

Asian horseshoe crabs are listed as IUCN Data Deficient but the IUCN Horseshoe Crab Specialist Group established in 2012 is making progress towards revising their Red List Status. This is needed to form an effective international conservation management strategy, see this 2013 article.

After thorough discussion about our local substrate and geography we agreed on a suitable survey strategy. After that we were privileged to be given a tour of the lab including the crab tracking technology!

This is a citizen science-friendly survey, interested schools email us if you’d like to get involved. We can’t wait to share what we find!

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TTT @ Utahloy International School: Pak Lap Camp

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(13-17 October 2014) By Vickie

It was the “week without walls” at Utahloy International School, Zengcheng. Grade 7 and 8 of the school totalling 33 students and 5 staff came to Pak Lap in Sai Kung Hong Kong to do an environmental camp on Trash!

The group was divided into 3 teams rotating between (a) Beach clean-up and hiking, (b) Kayaking, and (c) Abseiling and Raft Building that aim to foster teamwork, leadership skills and service to the community that are some of the key pillars of an IB program.

We were involved for the Beach clean-up activity and we adopted the methodology by Hong Kong Clean-up to contribute to the Trash Report 2014. In total, we cleaned up 290kg of debris that was washed up on the beach at Pak Lap Tsai (22.352769, 114.363797).

In total, we had 42 members working in 3 groups over 3 days, 1 hour of cleaning per day, and about 1.5 to 2 hours of sorting each day. We picked up 811 plastic bottles, 2003 plastic bottle cap, about 5 garbage bags of styrofoam, glass that can fill 2 fruit boxes in the market, 354 straws, 144 disposable utensils, 74 cigarette lighters and about 40KGS of rope and net. The most peculiar item found during the clean up was 127 shoe or sole of a shoe.

The school is committed to a sustainable campus and aims toward a minimal waste campus. Everything is recycled and all food waste go into compost that feed their organic farm. The campus is built within a botanical garden that is managed by a very passionate cultivator of trees and shrubs. Some of the trees on the campus were relocated from the areas that were displaced by the building of the Three Gorges Dam.

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TTT x WWF Coastal Watch: Tai Tam survey

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6 September 2014 / On Saturday 6 September, TTT and Green Council Hong Kong are surveying Tai Tam for Coastal Watch, a new Hong Kong-wide citizen science programme.

Coastal Watch is an ecological survey and coastal cleanup programme organised by WWF-HK with six strategic partners and supported by the Hong Kong Government.

Over 800 volunteers have already signed up to help scientists collect data on 27 sites above and below water!

The partners came together in July 2012 to lead the cleanup from Hong Kong’s biggest plastic spill, when 150 tonnes of “nurdles” fell off a container ship during Typhoon Vicente and began washing up on beaches 48 hours later.

The aim is long-term data collection using consistent methodology, shared with the public, government and NGOs, to mobilise public awareness and develop effective marine conservation policies.

We have created this new iSpot Project as a pilot to confirm species surveyed in Tai Tam.

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TTT x RHKYC: LCSD Sport for All Day 2014

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(3 August 2014) RHKYC Sport for All Day

Annually, LCSD has a Sports-for-all day where all government facilities are free to access for all members. RHKYC Foundation sponsored and offered their facilities to embrace the same mission with the government of Hong Kong. As a result, we had 32 students from underprivileged community groups in a full-day event. In the morning, we had students try out on the dragon boats that have significant meaning in Chinese culture. In the afternoon, we and students try sailing on J80 to catch wind behind our sails.

We were involved this year to provide support on logistics and in student management.

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TTT @ UBC Dialogues: Marine Conservation Luxury or Necessity?

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(13 January 2014) UBC Dialogues “Marine Conservation: Luxury or Necessity?”

Vickie Yau, our Associate Director was a graduate of the University of British Columbia and in the beginning of 2014, she was invited to be a discussant on a panel of 3 on “Marine conservation: luxury or necessity.” Among the panel were Dr. Yvonne Sadovy, Professor, School of Biological Sciences from the University of Hong Kong’s Swire Institute of Marine Science, and Dr. Amanda Vincent, Professor, Fisheries Centre & Zoology, Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation from UBC, and Director and Co-founder of Project Seahorse.

UBC Dialogue aims to engage alumni and the public about complex social issues.

The podcast and photos can be reviewed here at UBC dialogue.

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New home for Net Man

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30 November 2013 / Created for the Hong Kong-San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2013 and Ocean Art Walk by American artists Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, Net Man is a 3 metre-high green giant made from local fishing nets from Aberdeen and rope from the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley. And now he’s in Tai Tam Tuk!

After two months each in Stanley Waterfront, Cyberport and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum next to the Star Ferry pier in Central, we were finally able to bring him over to Tai Tam Tuk.

Net Man was inspired by Hong Kong’s complete ban on trawling which took effect on 31 December 2012. Very few countries have managed to do this, which is exciting progress by the HKSAR government. Read more from the SCMP article.

So are these really old trawler nets? Apparently not…Doug Woodring, founder of international non-profit Ocean Recovery Alliance and organiser of the HK-SF Int’l Ocean Film Festival told us that they thought used nets would be widely available from the many decommissioned trawlers stuck in Aberdeen Harbour after the ban, but that was not the case.

These vessels are being sold nets included to China or elsewhere. The AFCD Fisheries Education Centre overlooking the fleet from Aberdeen Harbour confirmed that even they did not own a whole net. They can typically reach 50 to 100 metres long, and are worth around HKD 50,000!

Net Man’s brother was on display at the America’s Cup in San Francisco.

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang’s blog: http://beachplastic.com.

HK-SF International Ocean Film Festival: https://sites.google.com/site/asiaoceanfilmfestivals/.

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TTT x UNESCO-HK ESD 2013/14: Biodiversity Workshop

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23 November 2013 / Students and teachers from Shatin Methodist College, CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School, Ling Liang Church M H Lau Secondary School and St Paul’s Secondary School joined us at the Eco Education Centre for a workshop on Biodiversity of Tai Tam Tuk.

This was our second workshop hosted in a series organised by UNESCO-HK’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Learning Programme 2013/14 under the Environment theme, with this year’s focus: “Preserve the environment for sustainable development”.

We structured the workshop to facilitate learning about the rich biodiversity of HK’s diverse ecosystems, but also to explore the relationship between conservation and sustainable development.  What is the value of protecting biodiversity?  How have international conventions decided to manage global biodiversity?  What is HK doing about it?  What can we all do about it- starting locally?

The session was led by TTT’s Vickie Yau collaborating with Dr Terence Ng, a post-doctoral fellow at The Swire Institute of Marine Science, University of HK, in neighbouring Cape D’Aguilar.

Dr Ng received his PhD in marine science in 2013.  His research focuses on the poorly understood sexual selection strategies of marine snails.  Students were lucky to watch Dr Ng’s footage of the snails in action!

Students learned about the environmental science of intertidal ecology of HK and the Tai Tam Tuk mangroves, and received practical guidance on identifying common local mangroves and associated fauna such as mudskippers and Buddhist crabs.  Jenna Ho Marris, one of our founders, gave a short presentation about HK’s first Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, which is due in 2015.

Students were then guided to conduct independent field studies of the physical and biological features of the exposed intertidal zone by the Eco Education Centre.  Vickie closed the session with a reminder about plastic marine debris and its impact on biodiversity.

Thanks to Dr Terence Ng and SWIMS for their support, and to volunteers Ken Wong, Maggie Yu and Law Shun Hei of the City University Photographic Society.

Learn more about Terence’s work, watch his winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis Competition 2012 here.

More photos from the workshop can be accessed at UNESCO-HK’s online album.

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