The Trawler Ban
Since December 31st, 2012 Hong Kong has had a ban on all trawling. Before that, fleets of industrialized trawlers “ploughed” the seabed daily in Hong Kong, in some bays more than once a day. This trawling decimated the sea floor, wiping out any chance of life developing. However with trawling ‘almost’ completely stopped we are seeing fish population bounce back. Artisinal fisher-folk are now catching fish of sizes they can actually eat, as opposed to the small sprats that they may have been lucky enough to catch that escaped the trawlers. Before these small fish were dried and either crumbled into dishes for flavouring or made into fish feed for the aqua-culture farms.
As expected when the word got out that Hong Kong’s fish populations are coming back