Spanning environmental issues, including pollution, affecting Cheung Chau.

Wilder Side of Cheung Chau in Summer

Cheung Chau has some wonderful wild places – and interesting wildlife.

Look up during daytime, and you are sure to soon see Black Kites circling overhead, on the lookout for fish in the harbour or near the beach. Cheung Chau is one of Hong Kong’s best places for nesting Black Kites, with perhaps five or more pairs. Swallows are also common breeding birds here, with nests often under low ceilings just outside shops and houses.

ACE sub-committee discusses Shek Kwu Chau or Tsang Tsui incinerator plans

Yesterday, I was with a small group from Cheung Chau who sat in public viewing room for meeting by EIA sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on the Environment, as they discussed environmental impact assessment for waste incinerator to be sited at Tsang Tsui, Tuen Muen District, or an artificial island to be constructed off Shek Kwu Chau, just west of Cheung Chau. Watched proceedings on a couple of tvs; only public session was presentations, then questions and answers.

Began with presentation from Elvis Au of Environmental Protection Department, and consultants from AECOM.


Red tide reaches Cheung Chau

There have been several recent media reports about red tides affecting parts of Hong Kong - especially in west, as well as Shenzhen. I've seen ruddy waters from ferry nearing Green Island, and within Victoria Harbour.

Yesterday, there was pronounced red tide (caused by profusion of reddish algae) in Cheung Chau typhoon shelter. On grey afternoon, with much lap sap also floating in the water, looked very disgusting.
This was the first time I've seen anything like this at Cheung Chau. Comes after recent news reports on Guangdong using the sea as dumping ground.