In a jointly published study, the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the WWF Coral Triangle Program, and ADM Capital Foundation urge more regulation of a largely unregulated seafood industry in Hong Kong. Considered the global hub for the trade of nearly 1 billion reef fish, the Live Reef Food Fish Trade (LRFFT) is "simply not sustainable," according to Dr. Yvonne Sadovy who is the lead author of the report and a professor of biological sciences at the University of Hong Kong.
As part of the food culture, markets across Hong Kong sell live reef fish directly from tanks. Napolean wrasse, coral trout and many species of grouper are being overexploited to sustain the demand for seafood in Hong Kong and an ever-growing Mainland China. The study provides examples of how the government can ease the pressures on vulnerable fish species by putting an end to this illegal and unmonitored trade problem. With more regulation, an update to the current laws, and better traceability of fish cargo vessels Hong Kong may be able to reverse the LRFFT problem.
A sustainable seafood guide created by the WWF Hong Kong is available here.
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