2022/10/31
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Further Support to Owners of Fishing Vessels and Fish Collector Vessels with Mainland Deckhands (2022.10.31)

 

As resumption of operation of local fishing vessels and fish collector vessels with Mainland deckhands continues to be affected amid COVID-19 epidemic, the Government will provide further financial relief to their owners under the Anti-epidemic Fund.  A subsidy of $80,000 per vessel will be provided to eligible owners of each fishing vessel or fish collector vessel.  Application for the subsidy opens on 1 November 2022 and the deadline is 28 February 2023.

 

The AFCD would invite the eligible vessel owners who have already successfully applied for the relevant subsidy under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund to make applications. To simplify the application process, the AFCD would assist to fill in the application forms for those owners based on existing information as far as possible and mail the application forms to their correspondence addresses. Those who wish to apply for the subsidy would only need to check and confirm the information on the application form, provide updates where required, sign the form, and mail it back to the AFCD or put it into the drop-in box on the ground floor of the Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices during the application period.

 

For other vessel owners who have not successfully applied for the relevant subsidy under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, please download and complete the application form below (Chinese only) to make application:

 

Press here to download application form

Press here to download authorisation form (if applicable)

Press here to download consent form for designating a recipient for the subsidy (if applicable)

 

For enquiries, please call 9308 5022 / 9308 5012 during office hours.

 

 

Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C)

Persons exempted from compulsory quarantine requirement by the Chief Secretary for Administration under section 4(1) 

Exemption from compulsory quarantine requirement by crew members of fishing vessels and fish collectors (including mainland fishermen deckhands)

 

The Government has rationalised the requirements for inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao who have no travel history of overseas places or Taiwan in the seven days prior to arrival in Hong Kong starting from September 26, 2022. Inbound persons from the Mainland or Macao are not required to undergo home quarantine after arriving in Hong Kong. The Chief Secretary for Administration has approved waiving the nucleic acid testing requirement after arrival for crew members of fishing vessels and fish collectors (including mainland fishermen deckhands), subject to the following conditions:

  1. An exempted crew member can only work on the designated vessels. The designated vessels can only carry their own exempted crew members at all times, including when operating in the Mainland waters;
  2. Exempted crew members must submit health declarations to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) upon arrival;
  3. Exempted crew members must conduct self-monitoring and submit medical surveillance records to AFCD 3 days after arrival (if the crew members depart from Hong Kong within 3 days, they must submit on the day of departure).

 

The health declaration form and medical surveillance form can be downloaded below.

Health Declaration

Medical Surveillance Form

 

For enquiry:

Please call at 2150 7099 / 2150 7095.

 

 

FARMFEST 2023

 

FARMFEST 2023 Organizers are now inviting booth vendors for participating in “FARMFEST 2023”. Interested parties please refer to the documents below or visit www.farmfest.hk for further particulars. Deadline for application of Agricultural and Floral and Fisheries booths is 30 September 2022. Late application will not be considered.

FARMFEST 2023 Booth Vendor Regulation and Application Form (Agricultural and Floral) (Chinese version only)

FARMFEST 2023 Booth Vendor Regulation and Application Form (Fisheries) (Chinese version only)

 

Secretariat for FARMFEST 2023 Organizing Committee

 

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The Sixth Round of the Anti-epidemic Fund Opens for Application (Fisheries)

 

As the business and operation of the wholesalers operating in the fresh food wholesale markets, and local primary producers have been considerably affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government will provide financial relief under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund. In addition, a one-off interest-free repayment deferral for a period of one year to loan borrowers of the Fisheries Development Loan Fund (FDLF) is also provided.

 

A subsidy of $100,000 will be provided to each live marine fish wholesaler in Fish Marketing Organization (FMO) markets; $20,000 to each fresh marine fish wholesaler in FMO markets; $20,000 to the owner of each fishing vessel or fish collector vessel with Mainland deckhands; and $10,000 to the owner or operator of each marine fish culture farm, pond fish farm, fishing vessel and fish collector vessel without hiring Mainland deckhands.

 

The AFCD would invite wholesalers, farmers and fishermen who have successfully applied for the first and second rounds of the "Anti-epidemic Fund" and who are eligible to apply for the sixth round of the "Anti-epidemic Fund" to submit applications. To simplify the application process, the AFCD would assist to fill in the application information in the relevant application forms for the applicants as far as possible, and send the application forms by post to their correspondence addresses or directly pass the forms to the merchants. The majority would only need to check the information on the application form and provide basic information, sign the form and send it back together with copies of the required documents, to the AFCD by post, or put in the drop-in box at relevant offices within the application period.

 

Applications for the subsidies will start on February 21.  For enquiries, please call the following hotlines according to the respective sectors.

 

Sector Hotlines Application Form (Chinese version only) Application deadline
Live and Fresh marine fish wholesalers in Fish Marketing Organization (FMO) markets 2150 7103 Not applicable 4 April 2022
Marine fish culture farms 2150 6802 Not applicable 4 April 2022
Pond fish farms 2471 9567 Not applicable 4 April 2022
Owners of fishing vessels and fish collector vessels with Mainland deckhands hired 9308 5022
9308 5012

Not applicable

20 May 2022
Owners of fishing vessels and fish collector vessels without hiring Mainland deckhands 2150 7109 Not applicable 20 May 2022
Loan borrowers under the FDLF 2150 7095
2150 7145
Not applicable Not applicable

 

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Ex-gratia payment for fishermen and fishing units participated in the FARMFEST 2022 now open for application

To help alleviate the impact of the cancellation of FARMFEST 2022, the Government provides a one-off ex-gratia payment of HK$5,000 to each eligible fishermen or fishing units participated in FARMFEST 2022 under the fifth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund.

 

Eligibility

1.   The applicant's fish farm or fishing unit has already signed a valid contract (2022 本地漁農美食嘉年華經營權合約) with the Fish/Vegetable Marketing Organization; and

2.   The fish farm or fishing unit has been allocated one or more physical fisheries booths at FARMFEST 2022 and settled the required rental fee in full.

 

Application Procedures

The application form (with notes to applicants) (Chinese only) has been sent out to eligible applicant by post or by any other means.

Completed application form together with the required supporting documents shall be submitted on or before 18 February 2022 through one of the following means -

1.   Send by post to the Fisheries Liaison & Special Duties Section, Fisheries Branch, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 8/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kln. The postmark date will be taken as the date of submission. Please mark “Fifth Round: Anti-Epidemic Fund” on the envelope;

2.   Submit applications in person to Fisheries Liaison Assistant’s Office (Aberdeen) located at Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market, 102 Shek Pai Wan Road, Aberdeen during office hours (Monday to Friday except public holidays, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

 

Please note that applications may be rejected if applicants make omissions, provide incorrect information, fail to submit the required supplementary information within the deadline required by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, or duplicate applications.

Successful applicants will receive the ex-gratia payment in crossed cheques by post.

 

Enquiry

For any questions, please call 2150 7099 / 2150 7066.

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Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C)

Persons exempted from compulsory quarantine requirement by the Chief Secretary for Administration under section 4(1) 

Application for quarantine exemption – individual persons from compulsory quarantine requirement by crew members of fishing vessels and fish collectors (including mainland fishermen deckhands)

 

Qualified persons must submit their applications with supporting documents to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department if they wish to be exempt from the compulsory quarantine requirement.

 

The application form, health declaration form, and medical surveillance form can be downloaded below.

Application Form For Exemption From Compulsory Quarantine Requirement

Health Declaration

Medical Surveillance Form

 

For enquiry:

Please call at 2150 7099 / 2150 7095.

 

 

AFCD continues to provide free COVID-19 testing services for Hong Kong mobile fishermen and their deckhands

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will continue to provide free deep throat saliva testing service to all Hong Kong mobile fishermen and their deckhands who need to travel on board their fishing vessels to the Mainland waters.  Distribution and collection of the sample bottles for deep throat saliva tests will be conducted at three locations, namely the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market, the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Fish Market and the Castle Peak Wholesale Fish Market under the Fish Marketing Organization.  The distribution of bottles will be arranged at 9am to 12:30pm on every Monday, and collection of bottles at 9am and 12:30pm on every Tuesday.

The above-mentioned arrangement of COVID-19 testing services will continue until further notice. For details, please refer to the guidelines below:

Covid-19 Testing Service Guidelines

The application form and confirmation letter can be downloaded below:

Application Form Covid-19 testing

Letter of confirmation

For enquiry:

Please call at 2150 7095 / 2150 7099.

 

AFCD conducts exercise to test red tide outbreak response

 

On June 15 to 17, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in conjunction with the Food and Health Bureau, the Marine Department, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Environmental Protection Department, the Department of Health, the Water Supplies Department, the Hong Kong Observatory, the Red Tide Expert Advisory Group (RTEAG) and mariculturist, carried out an exercise to review the departments’ preparedness in combating red tide or harmful algal bloom (HAB) causing fish kill in Hong Kong. The exercise followed a hypothetical scenario involving the detection of a potentially toxic algal species, which is harmful to fish, at densities above the normal level in one of the fish culture zones in Hong Kong, triggering the "Alert" mode of response under the Red Tide/HAB Contingency Plan. The exercise was completed successfully.

 

The exercise was conducted in two parts, namely a Table-top Exercise and a Hands-on Exercise. The Table-top Exercise tested the effectiveness of information exchange and dissemination among relevant government departments, the mariculturists concerned, and members of the RTEAG, in response to red tide or HAB. The Hands-on Exercise, on the other hand, examined personnel mobilisation and equipment deployment on tackling such conditions among relevant departments, the effectiveness of risk assessment, and preparedness for possible large-scale fish kill and raft relocation.

 

Lab Photo      Field Photo

 

 

Latest Fishermen Training Courses

 

Please refer to the Chinese version for detailed information:

http://www.afcd.gov.hk/tc_chi/fisheries/fish_cap/fish_cap_techsup/Fishermen_Training_Programme_Menu.html

 

 

Subsidies to fresh marine fish wholesale traders

The operation and business of fresh marine fish wholesale trading have been mainly affected by the serious and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food sector. The government therefore provides a subsidy of $40,000 to each eligible fresh marine fish wholesale trader in the Fish Marketing Organization (FMO) markets.

Application for subsidies to fresh marine fish wholesale traders under the Anti-epidemic Fund is closed. Successful applicants will receive the subsidy in crossed cheques by post.

Enquiry telephone number: 2150 7103

 

 

Subsidies for Fishing Vessels and Fish Collector Vessels Owners

The operation and business of the local fishing vessels and fish collector vessels have been mainly affected by the serious and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food business sector. The government therefore offers a subsidy of $10,000 to each eligible owner.

Application for subsidies to local fishing vessels and fish collector vessels owners under the Anti-epidemic Fund is closed. Successful applicants will receive the subsidy in crossed cheques by post.

Enquiry telephone number: 9308 5022

 

 

Subsidies for Marine Fish Culture Farm Owners

The operation and business of marine fish culture farms have been mainly affected by the serious and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food business sector. The government therefore provides a subsidy of $10,000 to each eligible marine fish culture farm owner.

Application for subsidies to marine fish culture farm owners under the Anti-epidemic Fund is closed. Successful applicants will receive the subsidy in crossed cheques by post.

Enquiry telephone number: 2150 7109

 

 

Subsidies for Pond Fish Culture Farm Owners

The operation and business of pond fish culture farms have been mainly affected by the serious and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food business sector. The government therefore provides a subsidy of $10,000 to each eligible pond fish culture farm owner.

Application for subsidies to pond fish culture farm owners under the Anti-epidemic Fund is closed. Successful applicants will receive the subsidy in crossed cheques by post.

Enquiry telephone number: 2471 9567

 

 

NEW "Accredited Fish Farm Scheme" Guideline

 

The "Accredited Fish Farm Scheme" aims to improve the management and production level of aquaculture farms by promoting good aquaculture methods, production process standards and pre-sales testing, and to provide aquatic product certification services to participating farms. From time to time, the Department updates the contents of the Scheme to meet the requirements of the certification. The new version of the handbook also contains additional requirements for crab farming and certification under the "Accredited Fish Farm Scheme". Click here to download the new version of the manual(only in Chinese).

 

 

Accredited Fish Farm Scheme

An interactive exhibition corner featuring local "Accredited Fish Farm Scheme" (AFFS) is newly on display in the Fisheries Hall of Lions Nature Education Centre (LNEC), Sai Kung. For details, please visit https://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/country/cou_lea/cou_lea_ven/lions.html

  

 

Good Aquaculture Practice

 

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