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Southwest Lantau and Soko Islands Marine Parks proposed
Friday, May 3, 2002

The Chief Executive in Council has directed the Country and Marine Parks Authority, that is the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, to prepare draft maps of the proposed Southwest Lantau Marine Park and Soko Islands Marine Park.

The waters of the two proposed marine parks are important habitats of Chinese White Dolphins and Finless Porpoises. The plan to designate the two marine parks would help protect these two rare species and other marine life found within the area, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said today (May 3).

"As the waters around southwest Lantau and the Soko Islands are important fishery spawning and nursery grounds, the plan would contribute to the conservation of fishery resources and building up of fish stocks.

"The proposal is also in line with the planning strategy for the Southwest New Territories to conserve the high quality natural environment on Lantau Island and the Soko Islands," he said.

At the direction of the Chief Executive in Council, the Authority shall prepare draft maps showing the proposed marine parks. When the draft maps are prepared, the Authority will notify in the Gazette the availability of the draft maps for public inspection.

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