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June 28, 2017

【7.1 Petition】

It’s been 20 years since the handover of Hong Kong. Chinese white dolphin(CWD) was chosen to be the handover mascot on July 1, 1997.  Since then, Chinese white dolphins have been connected to Hongkongers.

How are you doing in these 20 years?

Some Hongkongers are living in subdivided flats and so as CWD that only fragmented habitats are left for them after the sea is being ‘reclaimed’ by human.

Students in Hong Kong are overwhelmed by stress and resolved by suicide while CWD is having a low birth rate.

Country parks might be robbed by the developers and government while the marine parks for CWD are losing their function.

For 20 years, some Hongkongers are planning to migrate out of Hong Kong while CWD is disappearing in Hong Kong.

July 1, 2017, when some Hongkongers are still voicing out for Hong Kong, our home. With time, even though we are losing our treasures, yet we fight despite our exhausted bodies, for CHINESE WHITE DOLPHIN, for our HOME.

HKDCS Facebook Post

HKDCS Instagram Post

 

June 20,2017

Another group of dolphin ambassadors finished their training on 10 June. Ambassadors had finished training of classroom, land-based dolphin watching and beach cleaning. They would do voluntary services with HKDCS in the future to help holding more activities for the public! If you are interested in the Dolphin Ambassador Programme, please visit here.

Classroom training

Words from Dolphin Ambassadors

在到虎山觀豚之前,我從未想過,陸上觀豚也可以這樣興奮。在陸上觀豚雖然沒有海上觀豚般近距離,但陸上觀豚可以以最低既騷擾來觀看海豚。而且我們在高處看海豚,可以看到整片海洋中所有的海豚和其他一同生活在這片海洋的生物,這令我更為開心!
– Yuki, 海豚大使

Land-based dolphin watching

今次是我第一次在陸地觀豚,雖然距離比較遠但無容置疑是對海豚活動騷擾最低的方式,亦都好好彩地見到幾隻白海豚在享受日光浴。但由虎山望出去,見到不同工程船同人工島,這些工程對白海豚家園的破壞是人類難以想像的。只希望牠們能有運避過這些威脅。
– Pan, 海豚大使

Beach cleaning

I found the training informative and insightful. It’s clear how passionate HKDCS members are about protecting Chinese white dolphins. We were so lucky to see 4 dolphins and seeing them made their plight resonate even more with me. It’s important that people spread the message about conservation and realise that even their small contributions make a difference so I’m looking forward to doing more of this activity in the future!
– Miranda, Dolphin Ambassador

HKDCS Facebook Post

HKDCS Instagram Post

 

June 15, 2017

The Sustainable Lantau Blueprint was unveiled on June 3, 2017. HKDCS was disappointed by the blueprint as it failed to balance conservation and development as titled in the blueprint. There were no new dolphin-related conservation measures advocated in the blueprint but merely listing our the proposed marine parks. HKDCS suggested to designate a new big marine park in west and southwest Lantau to connect the proposed fragmented marine parks; and divert the high speed ferries in South Lantau in order to protect the dolphins!

Read here for the response from HKDCS to the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint and sign the joint green groups petition in response to the blueprint!

More on:
HKDCS Facebook Post

Instagram Post

 

April 28, 2017

13 May Empty the Tanks! 

10 am at Ocean Park! Come and Join us!

Empty the Tanks is an international event. People all over the world protest in front of dolphinarium in their countries and urge visitors to stop buying tickets and boycott dolphin shows. People also educate visitors the cruel truth about dolphins in captivity.

Like past few years, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society assists Dolphin Family to hold this event in Hong Kong. This year, apart from the protest in Ocean Park on 13th May (Saturday), we hold street stalls to education the public and promote Empty the Tanks.You are cordially invited to join us! Please click ‘Going’ in Facebook and keep updated with the latest news!

Street Stall information:
30 April 2-5pm Outside LUSH store in Mong Kok (68 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok)
7 May 2-5pm Outside LUSH store in Causeway Bay (Shop 3-7, Shun Hei Causeway Bay Centre, 492 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay)

 

April 26, 2017

Thanks to the invitation from Chatteris Educational Foundation, our chairman, Mr. Taison Chang, had talked to the teachers from the organisation. Mr. Taison introduced the work of HKDCS and updated the Chinese white dolphins. The sharing focused on what the public can actively do to protect the dolphins. It was hoped that teachers would spread the message and inspire their students to actively conserve the dolphins. 

More on: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook Post

 

March 29, 2017

Dolphin Hubbles!

HKDCS’s is holding a porpoises and dolphins research trip with the theme ‘Dolphin Hubbles’ on April 14, 2017 (Fri)! Szeto So Sum, the founder of SoSum Natural Soaps, was invited to join the trip and share her view on protecting dolphins and dolphins in captivity. What’s more, So Sum will give out soaps to participants who answer our questions correctly.  How can you miss this ‘Dolphin Hubbles’ porpoises and dolphins research trip?

Details and application of porpoises and dolphins research trip

 

March 17, 2017

Mr Taison Chang, the chairman of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, shared his view on dolphin captivity and experience working with wild dolphins and captive dolphins in Ted Talks.

‘We are the source of demand for this industry and we are paying money to buy tickets that will eventually go into hunters’ hands. We have the power and responsibility to end this cruelty.’
—— Taison Chang

Why should we not keep dolphins in aquariums? Let’s see how he answered the question!

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook Post

More related information on captivity

 

March 15, 2017

Extra! Chimelong Ocean Kingdom fake conservation but real imprison!

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom bought 5 Chinese white dolphins from Singapore which were originated from Thailand. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom even called it as a combination of ‘research’, ‘education’ and ‘conservation’. But in fact, they are just using the dolphins as money-making tools to attract tourists. Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society condemns this and had made an inspection. An extra was also released to report the fact to ensure the public learn about the correct understanding!

Extra: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom fake conservation but real imprison! (page 1)

Extra: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom fake conservation but real imprison! (page 1)

Press release 《Extra: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom fake conservation but real imprison!

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook Post

More related information on captivity

 

March 9, 2017

Do you still remember WL212? The Chinese white dolphin with seriously injured peduncle in 2015. One of the programmes of a popular Hong Kong online media ‘TV Most’ has featured the case of WL212. To save or not to save? The programme has interviewed Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society on this. Let’s watch the video in the following link.


Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook 
TV Most Facebook

 

March 1, 2017

The killer whale breeding center of Chimlong Ocean Kingdom has opened on February 24, 2017. Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society has released a press with regard of this. The society concerns the captivity industry in China. It is worrying that with over 39 aquariums in China, these aquariums would follow Chimelong Ocean Kingdom to import and keep killer whales in order to keep up with the competitiveness. This does not only convey a wrong conservation message to the public but also harm the population of killer whales by catching them in the wild. The society urges the public to boycott aquariums and dolphin shows. Never buy a single aquarium ticket. With no audience for captive dolphins, there will no longer be a captive industry.

Killer whales in the breeding center live in a tank (Photo: Chimelong Ocean Kingdom)

Press release 《Stop fooling us with the name of conservation, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom

Sign the petition to call Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s of Republic of China for a stop on importing killer whales

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook Post

More related information on captivity

 

February 18, 2017

Want to protect dolphins? You can start with reducing waste! In response to Cultamap’s art parade, students from 4 primary and secondary schools reused wastes to make art and fashion clothes and paraded in Central. There are more and more whales died because of marine debris in recently years. Reducing marine debris does not only bring a better home to marine lives but also save their lives! Mr Taison Chang, the chairman of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, shared the view of conservation on that day. We hope everyone can make the ocean a better place to live by reducing waste!

Mr Taison Chang, the chairman of Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, shared the view of conservation on that day.

Students from 4 primary and secondary schools reused wastes to make art and fashion clothes

More about the event: https://www.facebook.com/HKDCSorg/posts/722436447923508

 

February 16, 2017

Want your students to learn about Chinese white dolphins and finless porpoises? Want to know the global issue of cetaceans? Want to learn out of classroom? Want to see dolphins popping out from waves? The secondary & primary school education programme satisfies you! Through a series of activities, this programme deepens students’ knowledge toward cetaceans and raises the conservation awareness. The activities include roll up stand banner exhibition, school talks, movie sharing, beach cleaning and dolphin watching! Read here for details and email to yuki@hkdcs.org to apply!

 

February 13, 2017

The dolphin ambassador programme has launched on February 13, 2017! Join our programme to be volunteer if you care dolphins and are responsible! Once you have 20 hours of training and volunteer work, you will be rewarded with a dolphin ambassador certificate! Want to help us to protect the dolphins? Apply and read the details!

30 Runway Victims

 

 

January 20, 2017

Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society and Green Sense received a complaint from the public about the leakage of a sand barge in Third Runway Project. The project involves reclamation of 650ha in Northwest Lantau where Chinese white dolphins inhabit. The leakage of sand barge severely pollutes water in the area and greatly affects dolphins and other marine lives! The society could not tolerate this violation of the environmental permit. Joining hands with Green Sense, a formal complaint has been made to the director of Environmental Protection, Mr Donald Tong and the chairman of Advisory Council on the Environment, Mr Stanley Wong. We will keep watching the project to make sure the environmental permit is strictly abided to mitigate the impact on dolphins and other marine lives! We also need the public to help to keep an eye on the project and guard the dolphins!

A great amount of sand is leaking from the sand barge

A great amount of sand is leaking from the sand barge

 The sand is severely polluting the sea

The sand is severely polluting the sea

See ‘30 Third Runway Victims‘ for detailed information on the impact of Third Runway to dolphins.
December 30, 2016

The Brothers Marine Park was designated on 30 December 2016. With an area of 970 hectares, it is the second marine park designated for the protection of Chinese White Dolphins. It is located in Northeast Lantau, near the artificial island of Boundary Cross Facilities which is still reclaiming. It was hoped that the marine park could help recover the dolphin abundance in Northeast Lantau from zero in 2015.However, the construction of third runway has started in close proximity before the establishment of the marine park. This makes the effect of the marine park unknown.

The Brothes Marine Parl

(Photo: AFCD)

April 8, 2014

From Ark Eden: “98 dolphins etched into the sand on Lower Cheung Sha beach, 1 for each that we have lost since 2003. With the development of the Macau Zhuhai bridge, and now the proposed mega incinerator in the middle of the pink dolphin and finless porpoise habitat, their population is under serious threat.
These dolphins are an incidator of how healthy our oceans are, and right now our oceans are very sick.
Support the dolphins and our beautiful ecosystem by writing you concerns to legislators about the building of the mega incinerator. More information about how to write can be found on the Living Islands Movement webpage. Simple and easy instructions – please don’t wait for someone else to do it, we’re at a critical point and we need as many voices as possible!”

See link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153979221170005.1073741826.266023745004&type=1

 

April 4, 2014

NO MORE WHALING IN ANTARCTIC WATERS!!! IT IS OFFICIAL!!!

See Link: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/03/japan-confirms-cancellation-annual-whale-hunt

 

April 2, 2014

Please Join our Porpoise and Dolphin Research Trip on April 19th, 2014

See Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/368987809908316/

 

March 30, 2014

A baleen whale stranded in Hong Kong today…

See link: https://www.facebook.com/HKDCSorg/posts/10203394971532842