2020/10/28
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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 two locations, namely the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market and the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Fish Market under the Fish Marketing Organization.  Starting from September 7, 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.

 

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Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation (Cap. 599C) - Exemption arrangements for agricultural and fisheries trade in Hong Kong are now open for application

 

Application Guidelines

Application Form (Revised on 28 July 2020)

 

Exempted persons should visit the “COVID-19 Thematic Website” (www.coronavirus.gov.hk) of the HKSAR Government regularly and follow the exemption conditions as well as testing and quarantine arrangements as announced by the Government.

 

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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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