Date
23 August 2017
There are not enough measures to mitigate the impact of a proposed third runway on the habitat of the endangered pink dolphin, according to a government advisory board. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook
There are not enough measures to mitigate the impact of a proposed third runway on the habitat of the endangered pink dolphin, according to a government advisory board. Photo: Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society Facebook

HK environmentalists dismiss dolphin park plan

Hong Kong environmental advisers have dismissed mitigation measures for a proposed third airport runway, calling them passive and ineffective, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

The measures were part of a report by the Hong Kong Airport Authority on the environmental impact of the multibillion-dollar project.

The Country and Marine Parks Board under the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department doubts the mitigation proposals will be enough to protect the habitat of the endangered pink dolphin near the proposed runway.

The proposals include a marine park for the dolphins after the runway is completed.

Ng Cho-nam, a member of the marine parks board said the mitigation plan is ineffective because it does not limit the number of ships passing through the marine park.

Another member, Hau Chi-hang, said the environmental assessment relating to the conservation of the dolphins is inadequate.

The board wants the airport authority to build the marine park in phases. Otherwise, it would be impossible to reverse any damage caused to the dolphin habitat, it said.

Samuel Hung of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society said the environmental report underestimated the potential impact of the infrastructure on the waters around the marine park near Brothers Islands, Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau.

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