The Story of Lap Sap Wan
In collaboration with Coastal Watch Project
In 2014, WWF Hong Kong and its partners launched a two –year conservation project called Coastal Watch, conducting surveys of marine debris and ecological data and clean –up exercises at different coastal sites. One example, documented in this display, is Lap Sap Wan, a remote bay near Cape D’Aguilar, where they discovered a huge amount of litter. Volunteers collected 2,064 plastic bottles in 30 minutes and estimated 12 million pieces of litter weighing 185 tonnes, including household rubbish, industrial waste and fishing equipment, 89 per cent of which was plastic. These shocking figures demonstrate the serious problem of frequent use and irresponsible disposal of single use plastics. Lap Sap Wan shows the threat, not only to the scenery of Hong Kong but also to marine ecology and our food chain.