HKSF News Releases

  • PRESS RELEASE: Latest report recommends more regulations for Hong Kong shark fin trade

    Hong Kong (29th March, 2018) – The HK Shark Foundation today released the latest “Beyond CITES – Shark fin trade recommendations for Hong Kong” report. Four Legislative Council members including Kenneth LEUNG, Elizabeth QUAT and HUI Chi Fung attended the launch and joined the discussion. The report compares and analyzes laws and regulations around the world, and puts forward four major recommendations that fit the current situation for Hong Kong, stepping up on international shark conservation responsibilities. Yuen Ping CHOW, Executive Director of HK Shark Foundation, said: “Hong Kong is following CITES on regulating the trade of endangered sharks, including … More

    March 29th, 2018
  • PRESS RELEASE: Restaurants pre-set menus encourage shark fin consumption Threatened species served in New Year menu

    Hong Kong (8th Feb, 2018) – Hong Kong Shark Foundation, together with a group of students from City U, has conducted the latest survey on the shark fin supply of Chinese restaurants’ Lunar New Year/annual dinner set menus. The result shows that over 80% of the banquet menus offer dishes made of shark fin. Only half of the studied restaurants offer shark-free options for consumers. The restaurant East Ocean Lafayette is also offering shark fins from regulated shark species in the high-priced menu, and some of those restaurants offer shark fins from threatened species on demand. On the other hand, … More

    February 8th, 2018
  • PRESS RELEASE: Overwhelming majority (98%) citizens have no knowledge about the Endangered Shark Species Trade Regulations

    Hong Kong (26th November, 2017) – Hong Kong imported 5,700 tons of shark fins in 2016, making it the largest shark fin trading hub in the world. A new survey, commissioned by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, has found that many Hong Kong citizens support conservation of shark species but do not know how the local government protects threatened species.   The School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK was commissioned by Hong Kong Shark Foundation to launch comprehensive phone survey in early November. Over eight hundred Hong Kong citizens aged above 18 were interviewed. Researchers discovered that 98% of the … More

    December 12th, 2017
  • PRESS RELEASE: Stop selling threatened species Over a thousand Hong Kong citizens angered by Lei Garden’s inconsistent message about sharks & sustainability

    Hong Kong (3rd Sept, 2017) – Ten members of HK Shark Foundation protested today at the Lei Garden in IFC, Central. They posted over 1,000 ‘Angry Face’ collected from concerned citizens online along the front wall of Lei Garden, protesting against the sale of threatened species. Handbills asking Lei Garden to “stop serving threatened Dusky Shark” were distributed to remind the customers at Lei Garden that the species is as endangered as Giant Panda and Polar Bear. HK Shark Foundation demands full disclosure of the shark fins species on sale at Lei Garden, and for an immediate stop the sales … More

    September 4th, 2017
  • PRESS RELEASE: Threatened Species Featured in Promotions at Chinese Restaurants HK Shark Foundation launches ‘Shark Killer Ranking’

    Hong Kong (31st May, 2017) – HK Shark Foundation’s (HKSF) latest research has taken this work one step further, and found that a number of traditional Chinese restaurants continue to sell shark fins harvested from threatened species. These include “Hai hu”, from vulnerable Dusky Shark, and “Wu yang”, from the Silky Shark which has just been listed under the international trade convention. The results irrefutably demonstrate the role of Chinese restaurants in the trade of controlled species, which has dire consequences for the biodiversity of our planet. Some Chinese restaurants continue to brazenly promote their shark fin items, defying international … More

    June 1st, 2017
  • PRESS RELEASE: Chinese restaurant persistantly serving shark fin at wedding banquets, despite lack of enthusiasm from guests

    Hong Kong (20th Dec, 2016) – With an average of 50,000 couples getting married annually, wedding banquets are still one of the major occasions  where shark fin is consumed in Hong Kong, especially in traditional Chinese restaurants. A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong Shark Foundation, students from City University and 20 volunteers, interviewed 411 guests at 30 wedding banquets. The survey showed that only a minority (just 5%) of respondents actually like shark fin soup, the majority (90%) passively consume it, simply because it’s being served. It’s estimated that 323,783 tables[1] from 11,783 wedding banquets serve shark fin … More

    December 22nd, 2016
  • PRESS RELEASE: Hong Kong government should strengthen regulation after seizing of large batch of illegal shark fin

    Hong Kong (7th July, 2016) – Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) commend the Hong Kong government on its recent seizure of illegal import of hammerhead sharks fin weighing about 880 kilograms. This huge batch of shark fins is estimated to include over 100 endangered hammerhead sharks. [1]   Yuen Ping Chow, Executive Director, HKSF said, “Even though the local shark fin consumption is believed to have dropped recently, Hong Kong is still the world’s largest trade hub for shark fins. Despite trade regulation covering a very small number of threatened shark species, there is still much illegal fishing and illegal … More

    July 6th, 2016
  • PRESS RELEASE: Wildlife Activists Stage Bloody Protest At FedEx Depot in Hong Kong To Save Sharks From Extinction

    Wildlife Activists Stage Bloody Protest At FedEx Depot in Hong Kong To Save Sharks From Extinction HONG KONG (03 July 2016) — Around 30 Hong Kong wildlife activists gathered today outside a FedEx depot in the city’s Kennedy Town district in a dramatic display to draw attention to the FedEx’s continued shipments of cruel and unsustainable shark fin. The activists, dressed in blood-stained shark costumes, held placards calling on FedEx to ‘STOP Shipping Shark Fin’ and laid silently down on the ground. Industry competitor, the United Parcel Service of America (UPS), banned shark fin from its cargo flights in 2015, whilst 36 … More

    July 3rd, 2016
  • PRESS RELEASE: HK Express Goes Shark Free With New Cargo Policy Commitment

    The shark products restriction from HK Express will prohibit large consignments of shark fin being shipped as cargo. As an airline with bold expansion plans to absorb demand from over 60 million potential customers in China’s growing Pearl River Delta region that includes Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and beyond, the HK Express’ #sharkfree commitment is of great significance. It will play a major role in restoring the health of the world’s oceans which have in recent years seen a dramatic collapse in shark populations by as much as 90%. More

    May 22nd, 2016
  • PRESS RELEASE:Wildlife Activists Stage Chinese New Year Bloody Protest To Save Sharks From Extinction

    * * * PRESS RELEASE * * * Wildlife Activists Stage Chinese New Year Bloody Protest To Save Sharks From Extinction ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONG KONG (30 January 2016) — Wildlife activists from WildAid and Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) gathered today in Hong Kong’s busy Causeway Bay district in a dramatic display to draw attention to the city’s cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade. The activists, dressed in blood-stained shark costumes, laid silently down on the ground upon a bed of hundreds of real Chinese New Year banquet menus procured from Hong Kong restaurants that … More

    January 30th, 2016