HONG KONG - WFO

Background

Up to 2,000 tonnes of plastic is discarded in Hong Kong every day, and without adequate infrastructure and facilities to deal with/process throwaway plastic a lot ends up in the sea (80% plastic in Hong Kong Bay = land based sources, with some coming also from the Chinese mainland).[1]

Three years after China stopped importing the unprocessed waste, the amount of plastic entering the bays and harbours in Hong Kong has grown exponentially, leaving plastic to accumulate on the ocean surface and beaches.[2]

WHAT WFO WILL DO

In collaboration with WWF Hong Kong, WFO Asia will be conducting two projects in Hong Kong:

 

Fishing for Litter

WFO Asia will work with WWF Hong Kong to carry out a feasibility study of Thomsea gear to demonstrate how marine litter can be collected in the bay of Hong Kong. The collected waste will be then be shipped to our partners in the plastics industry to recycle and reuse in the production of new plastic products.

By reclaiming, recycling and reusing these materials, we will take a step forward towards reducing the impacts of plastic waste not only our marine ecosystems but also in reducing the quantity of virgin materials needed to produce new products.

 

 

Trialling alternatives to conventional Fish boxes

WFO Asia will be advising WWF Hong Kong on how to increase the use of lightweight, easy to use, more environmentally friendly packaging within the fishing industry. This will involve the manufacture of alternative fish boxes which will be trialled by fisherman in Hong Kong.

If successful, this trial could lead to greater implementation of these technologies in the future, and lead to reduced environmental impacts in the fishing sector.

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