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poster_v6Date: 21 May, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No.8

TOPICS:
2:00 PM     CITIZEN SCIENCE FOR THE OCEAN ( DELIVERED IN ENGLISH)
  •  Cesar Jung-Harada, MakerBay, Scoutbots, Protei Director

Cesar Jung-Harada is an Ocean Roboticist who developed “Protei”, a shape-shifting sailing robot. In his talk, Cesar will explain how he works with local residents and children on issues like oil spills in Louisiana in the US; radioactive leaks in the ocean around Fukushima, Japan; and plastic pollution in Hong Kong. Cesar will share his vision for the future and show us how open hardware can facilitate collaboration between academia, the non-profit sector, industry, government and citizens of all ages.

3:00 PM  VANISHING BEFORE OUR EYES – SHARKS AND RAYS AND HONG KONG’S ROLE
( DELIVERED IN ENGLISH)
  • Dr Andy Cornish, WWF International: Leader of the WWF and TRAFFIC Shark and Ray Initiative, “Sharks: Restoring the Balance”

Sharks and rays are integral components of healthy marine ecosystems, but are being decimated by overfishing across our planet’s oceans. Dr Andy Cornish, who heads up WWF’s work to conserve these ancient and misunderstood animals, will dissect the causes of this overexploitation, explain what WWF is doing about it, and discuss the importance of Hong Kong’s role in the international shark fin trade. He will also share stories of these species in Hong Kong waters.

4:00PM  THE STORY OF CORALS IN HONG KONG ( DELIVERED IN CANTONESE)
  • Ms Apple Chui, PhD Candidate, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Corals are extremely important to human beings everywhere. They act as the ocean’s farmers, security guards, chemists and artists; providing humanity with food, protection, medicine and art. Despite all these services that human beings gain more or less for free; we have done and are doing almost everything we possibly can to destroy them. Under the ocean’s waves, thousands of sea creatures can be found living in the cities made up of corals. But what do you know about corals? Why are corals so precious to marine life? And what are the consequences if we continue to treat corals so carelessly? During the seminar, Apple Chui will guide you on a journey into a magnificent parallel world which exists right here in Hong Kong. Drawing on her research about coral spawning and coral recruitment processes in Hong Kong waters, she will also share with the audience how these underwater cities are formed, the status of coral juveniles in Hong Kong, and discuss the importance of marine conservation.

P.S. The “Hong Kong Marine Litter Story” educational leaflets will be distributed to the public during this ocean seminar. Please feel free to pick one!

【Free of charge. First come first serve! 】

If you are interested, please fill out the application form here.

Inquiry hotline:  2161 9693
Email: coastalwatch@wwf.org.hk

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