Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society (HKDCS) is established in December 2003 and it is the only society dedicated to the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises of Hong Kong. Effective from 14 July 2005, HKDCS has been recognized as a charitable organization, with Inland Revenue file number 91/7756.
In recent years, Chinese white dolphin has become one of the most celebrated wildlife adored by the Hong Kong public, and has also been an important member of our fragile marine ecosystem. However, the general public still knows only a little of these mysterious creatures, and local cetaceans have not received the full protection from human yet.
In order to enhance the knowledge of general public on cetaceans in Hong Kong and around the world, and to effectively protect them in a long run, HKDCS aims to:
- To arouse public awareness on:
- biology and conservation of Chinese white dolphins and finless porpoises in Hong Kong, and cetaceans in other parts of the world
- preservation of dolphins and their habitats in Hong Kong
- impacts posed by dolphin-watching activities to dolphin and the importance of raising standard of dolphin-watching industry in Hong Kong
- global issues of whales and dolphins such as captivity, whaling, fishery bycatch and marine pollution
- To conduct scientific research on wild dolphins in Hong Kong and nearby regions like China and Taiwan
- To educate the school children on the importance of dolphin conservation
- To offer opportunity for research interns and volunteers to participate in the conservation of local cetaceans
- To provide a forum for dolphin-lovers to gather, interact and share dolphin-watching and conservation experience