AFCD charges Mainland fishermen suspected of illegal fishing in marine park
Thursday, April 27, 2023
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) today (April 27) laid charges against two Mainland men suspected of engaging in illegal fishing with gill nets in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.
AFCD officers intercepted and investigated a vessel in the abovementioned waters in relation to suspected unpermitted fishing with gill nets in the Marine Park at around 10am yesterday (April 26).
Charges were laid against the two Mainland fishermen who were suspected to have contravened the Marine Parks and Marine Reserves Regulation (Cap. 476A). The case will be mentioned at the Fanling Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (April 28).
Without a permit granted under the Regulation, no person shall fish or hunt, injure, remove or take away any animal or plant by any means in marine parks. Any offender on conviction is liable to a maximum penalty of a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for one year.
An AFCD spokesman said, "The Government is committed to protecting and conserving the marine resources in Hong Kong. The AFCD will continue to step up patrols and take stringent enforcement action against illegal fishing in marine parks."
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department today (April 27) laid charges against two Mainland men suspected of engaging in illegal fishing with gill nets in the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Photo shows the intercepted vessel.