The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has proposed an initial outlay of HK$3.5 million to improve and add facilities for fishing at the promenade opposite Tamar Park in Admiralty.
According to the Hong Kong Economic Journal, the department also outlined an annual operating expense of HK$900,000 for the facility.
The proposed plans, which were flagged by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, means the investment earmarked for the first year of operation will be HK$4.4 million.
In the facility, which is expected to become operational in March 2017, the fishing area will be located at the viewing terraces number six to eight.
The terraces will have a combined width of 54 meters and gross area of 2,152 square feet, and will come with working desks, taps, lighting, covered sitting area, lockers, and storage space for fishing rods.
The pilot plan for the central promenade will last a year. Meanwhile, similar schemes will be tested at the Pak Shek Kok promenade in Tai Po and Cheung Fai Road Promenade in Tsing Yi.
Ken Ching See-ho, director of Eco-Education & Resources Centre, has suggested that Hong Kong should nurture a “Catch and Release” fishing culture at the fishing area, according to Ming Pao Daily News.
Ching said “fish rulers” should be put in place at the area so that citizens can measure the length of fish and release baby catch back into the sea.
Ching also reminded citizens to be mindful of passers-by when they swing their fishing rods.
Cheng Lai-king, chairman of the facilities management committee of the Central and Western District Council, welcomed the launch of dedicated fishing areas.
She expects the plans to be approved by the legislature.
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