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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Government today gazetted the draft map of the proposed South Lantau Marine Park for public inspection for 60 days.

To better protect marine life and habitats, the Government has proposed to designate the South Lantau Marine Park in the waters south of Lantau.

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department said the proposed park will be located in the waters surrounding the Soko Islands and between the Soko Islands and Shek Kwu Chau in the south of Lantau, with a total area of about 2,067 hectares.

The department pointed out that the waters south of Lantau are important habitats for the Chinese white dolphin, the finless porpoise and other marine life.

It said after the designation of the park, the area of protected marine habitats will be significantly increased, which will be conducive to maintaining the marine biodiversity and its sustainability, adding it can bring great benefits to the conservation of the Chinese white dolphin, the finless porpoise and other marine resources in the long run.

The draft map of the proposed park has been prepared by the Country & Marine Parks Authority in accordance with the Marine Parks Ordinance.

Copies of the draft map are ready for public inspection free of charge on or before February 28 at the designated government offices during office hours.

Any person who intends to oppose the draft map may, within the period of 60 days after the notice is published in the gazette, submit a written statement of objection, stating the nature of and reasons for the objection, and proposed alterations to the draft map, if any, to the authority at the department’s headquarters.

Copies of the draft map are also available for sale to the public at $55 each at the department’s headquarters.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News