Hong Kong

Only 27 White Dolphins left in Hong Kong

Only 37 Chinese white dolphins remain in Hong Kong, according to the latest statistics from Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

The species is protected in Hong Kong by the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap. 170).  Nonetheless, the number of dolphins in Hong Kong has declined as much as 80 percent over the last 15 years, according to conservation groups such as the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society.

Hong Kong bans shark fin at official functions

In a move hailed by conservation groups, Hong Kong's government announced it would cease serving shark fin and bluefin tuna at official functions. In a press release, the government announced it was taking steps because the items "have aroused international and local concern because they are either captured or harvested in ecologically unfriendly or unsustainable ways, or cause other conservation concerns". It has also encouraged government-funded bodies to follow suit.