The Hong Kong Jockey Club has come under fire for overlooking the rarity of an endangered shrimp species on the site of its proposed Kau Sai Chau Golf Academy, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Friday.
A concentration of endangered shrimp called caridina trifasciata, classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was found in streams in Kau Sai Chau in 2011.
Environmental groups said the club did not mention the shrimp when it first applied for an environmental permit to start work on the academy at the beginning of the year. The permit would have allowed the club to start construction without having to do an environmental impact assessment.
When the issue was later publicized, the club withdrew its permit application and submitted introductory documents for an environmental assessment, offering to relocate the shrimp. But the documents only named the species in an appendix and referred to the shrimp as common rather than rare.
Man Chi-sum, chief executive officer of concern group Green Power, said the club’s handling of the issue was rough and Green Power wants the club to preserve the shrimps’ habitat. The club has yet to respond to media inquiries.
According to the club, the proposed academy at the Kau Sai Chau Golf Course will house state-of-art golf training facilities, and accommodation for students, staff and guests.
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