明報 2013-01-04: 港魚翅銷量跌一半 批發商慨嘆 環團感鼓舞

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【明報專訊】澳洲籍攝影師Paul Hilton日前上載逾萬塊魚翅在西環工廈天台「生曬」照片,再度激發食翅文化的辯論。上環海味街多間批發商指出,環保團體的宣傳攻勢令近兩年魚翅銷量大跌四成至一半,經營愈來愈困難;環保團體則對結果感到很鼓舞,認為是港人環保意識增強及中國政府推動官方宴會禁魚翅的成果。

內地拒批入口被迫港生曬

本報記者昨到堅尼地城廣基工廠大廈天台觀察,發現整個天台遍地都是用以製作魚翅的鯊魚鰭。負責曬貨的陳先生稱,這批魚翅有數噸之多,屬本港多家魚翅商的貨物,本應轉運到內地加工,但因不獲批准入口被迫滯留本港生曬。他強調貨物經合法途徑入口。

香港海產進出口商會總秘書林丁貴指出,10年內本港經合法途徑入口的魚翅接近1萬噸,約佔全球魚翅銷量三至四成,無明顯升跌。不過本港海洋保育意識明顯提高,新人紛紛要求無翅婚宴、國際連鎖酒店停售魚翅、本港兩間大型航空公司禁運魚翅,成績令環保分子鼓舞,本地魚翅零售及批發商則叫苦連天。

於上環經營魚翅批發逾30年的陳佳說:「環保組織搞一搞,生意由2012年頭開始跌了四成」。文咸西街永利豐進出口公司東主李先生說,2011年頭該店約批發8噸魚翅,去年只批得3、4噸,生意大跌一半。

批發商:吃牛比吃鯊殘忍

對於食鯊魚影響海洋生態,李先生認為保護瀕危品種已足夠,反對全面禁售,「全面保護我們好難經營」。他強調現時鯊魚由皮到骨都會吃,並沒有環保分子所說的浪費問題,又認為反對吃翅是外國人侵略中國飲食文化,認為吃牛肉遠比吃鯊魚殘忍,「牛幫人耕田最後卻被殺,最殘忍就是吃牛」。

積極參與鯊魚保育的攝影師Paul Hilton及世界自然基金會香港分會(WWF-Hong Kong)對魚翅銷量大跌感鼓舞。 Hilton強調:「我們需要鯊魚來保持海洋生態平衡,這與殘忍及浪費無關。」他引述美國研究指北大西洋的藍鯊(Blue Shark)數量下跌時,該海域的魟魚(Stingray)數量急升,結果魟魚吃掉大量貝類令漁業生態失衡。

WWF香港分會高級項目主任(鯊魚)曾翠芝指出,1996年瀕危鯊魚及其相關品種僅得15種,至2010年已大幅升至181種,保育工作刻不容緩。她解釋,鯊魚及其他魚類不同,生長慢而且每胎數量不多,過度捕獵影響遠較其他海產嚴重,全球只得角鯊及白斑角鯊捕獵符合持續發展原則,不足以應付全球需求,認會全面停售魚翅更恰當。

明報記者 余卓善

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請新政府明確宣佈官宴無翅

(2012-06-29) 早上成功接入香港電台「千禧年代」,呼籲香港的梁振英新政府明確宣佈官宴無翅,保護海洋。

請參與網上聯署: http://chn.ge/MEJuQn

I was able to call into RTHK’s morning phone-in show and make a pledge to the new government to make it public policy not to serve shark products at official functions.

Please sign the online petition at http://chn.ge/MEJuQn

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Urgent message from Toronto: need supporters for Oct 25, 2011

A message from Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker:

Dear Shark Friends:

Today, opposition to the shark fin ban brought in 300+ people to protest against the ban. The Council vote has been delayed to tomorrow (Tuesday October 25).

We ABSOLUTELY need your help to come out at 8:00AM tomorrow (Tuesday October 25) to City Hall to stand up for sharks! Despite the shark fin ban passing unanimously at the Licensing & Standards Committee, your support tomorrow morning is ESSENTIAL to the ban passing Council. It is also extremely important to email the Mayor and the Councillors if you haven’t already done so.

Thank you for your continued support and I hope to see everyone tomorrow morning. Dress warmly!

Cheers,
Glenn

Related links:

Global Toronto (Oct 24, 2011): 200 gather at City Hall to protest the expected ban of shark fins

The Globe and Mail (Oct 24, 2011): Toronto shark fin ban draws mounting opposition ahead of vote

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SCMP: Shark fin crusader looks to HK

By Lana Lam
FT News, Education
23 October 2011
South China Morning Post

The Macau-born man who spearheaded the successful campaign to ban shark’s fin soup in California says it is time for Hong Kong to do the same.

Earlier this month, Californian lawmaker Paul Fong’s bill banning shark fin trade was approved by the state’s governor, Jerry Brown.

“Hopefully this gives a message Hong Kong should think about it too,” said the assemblyman, 59, who moved overseas when he was three. “Taiwan is thinking about it and the ultimate goal is for the mainland to ban it. That would be a huge coup but Hong Kong will have to go first.”

California joined three other US states where shark’s fin is banned – Hawaii, Oregon and Washington – effectively closing off the west coast as a port, distribution centre and market for the trade.

According to WWF-Hong Kong, California imported about 24 tonnes of dried shark fin between 2008 and last year. Hong Kong imports an average 10,000 tonnes every year.

Fong introduced the bill in mid-February and it was passed 65-8 with 7 abstaining. “Most of the opposition was from the Cantonese community from Chinatown in San Francisco and Oakland. They’re still talking to me and treat me as a leader. But the issue’s over at least as far as the law’s concerned,” he said.

Fong’s quest to ban the controversial Chinese delicacy started three years ago when he saw a documentary about shark finning.

“I found out that 73 million sharks are finned every year and that the shark population is going to be extinct. If this happens, the ocean’s food chain would become hugely unbalanced because the ocean’s top predator would not be there. It’s like women’s foot binding. That was unhealthy and that practice went away, so this can too.

“For most of his life, Fong ate shark’s fin soup, usually at wedding banquets and special occasions.

“I liked it. The broth was delicious and it tastes really good. [The shark fin] was crunchy and the texture was OK but it didn’t taste like anything. I didn’t know what the big deal was until I found out about the cost and the shark finning,” he said. “The last time I ate it was three years ago at a dinner with the Consul-General of China. He had a real big shark fin.”

Last November Fong spoke to a local Chinese-language newspaper about his plan.

“I let the Chinese community know three months before I did it so I could get some feedback. I got a few people against it but most people were for it,” he said.

Critics have branded Fong’s bill an attack on Chinese values and culture, but Fong disagrees.

“I’m not attacking my values. I’m a Chinese-American. When they banned foie gras in California [which came into effect this July], nobody said it was an attack on the French. I know my Chinese roots and Chinese culture is very important to me, but I’m an environmentalist.”

The shark fin ban comes into effect on January 1 and businesses and restaurants have until June 30, 2013, to use up their stocks.

Those caught trading shark’s fin after this date can be fined US$1,000 and possibly receive six months in jail.

The United States accounts for 70 per cent of shark fin imports outside of Asia. California imports and re-exports about 85 per cent of all dried shark fins that enter the US.

Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s Environment Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah said Hong Kong followed international guidelines on the shark trade, which excludes only three species, and he would not commit to banning shark’s fin soup at official banquets and meals.

Taiwan said in July it would tighten measures against hunting sharks for their fins. Its fishermen are barred from tossing sharks back into the water to die after taking their fins.

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TORONTO: PLEASE TAKE ACTION! VERY CLOSE TO A SHARK FIN BAN

I am forwarding this message from Toronto …

The shark fin issue will go to the full Council on Monday Oct 24. This is the final step!! We need your help to email the decision makers!

Please send an email of support to Mayor Ford and all Toronto Councillors to encourage them to vote YES on the shark fin ban.

If you’re not from Toronto, sending an email is still helpful, especially if you’re Chinese (just don’t emphasize that you’re not from Toronto/Canada in case the councillors are more concerned about Toronto voters). It would be helpful to include your Chinese name (if applicable).

mayor_ford@toronto.ca
councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca
councillor_augimeri@toronto.ca
councillor_bailao@toronto.ca
councillor_berardinetti@toronto.ca
councillor_carroll@toronto.ca
councillor_cho@toronto.ca
councillor_colle@toronto.ca
councillor_crawford@toronto.ca
councillor_crisanti@toronto.ca
councillor_davis@toronto.ca
councillor_debaeremaeker@toronto.ca
councillor_delgrande@toronto.ca
councillor_digiorgio@toronto.ca
councillor_doucette@toronto.ca
councillor_filion@toronto.ca
councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca
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councillor_vaughan@toronto.ca
councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca

Thank you very much! For more information and the latest updates, visit:
http://www.torontolovessharks.com
http://www.finfreetoronto.com
http://www.sharkangels.com
http://www.sharktruth.com

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好消息。魚翅及撐港台運動 Facebook 原有專頁重見天日!

感謝 EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) 的 Rainey Reitman 小姐居中協助,自去年因某些技術原因被 Facebook 停開的幾個重要的專頁,現在已經修復,重見天日!

在上述專頁停開的一年間,本人另立了以下再生版。這些也暫時會繼續保留:

本人會繼續用以上各個途徑,為海洋保護和香港新聞自由發聲。希望大家繼續支持!謝謝!

李銳華

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Groupon HK 承諾不再推廣魚翅優惠

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[香港 2011 年 6 月 26 日]團購網站 Groupon HK (前身 uBuyiBuy.com) 行政總裁 Danny Yeung 上週五 (2011 年 6 月 24 日) 回覆環保人士的投訴信,承諾以後不再推廣魚翅優惠。至於已經成交的團購合約(見 http://bit.ly/lLzRsO ),他聯絡了合辦商戶天澄閣酒樓,讓已經購買了優惠卷的客人可以改以燕窩羹代替魚翅湯。

Danny Yeung 表示 Groupon HK 重視動物權益和對瀕危同物的保育,日後不會再推廣帶有魚翅的產品。

環保人士對此表示歡迎。香港護鯊會 (Hong Kong Shark Foundation) 在其 Facebook 專頁公佈了上述消息,迅速獲得四十多個「讚好」(Like)。

Danny Yeung, CEO of Groupon Hong Kong

Groupon Hong Kong CEO: No more promotion involving shark’s fin

[Hong Kong, Jun 26, 2011] The Chief Executive Officer of Groupon Hong Kong (previously operated as uBuyiBuy.com), Mr. Danny Yeung, replied to complaints from environmentalists regarding Groupon HK’s recent shark fin promotion. In the letter, Mr. Yeung promised that in the future they will restrict featuring any deals that involve shark’s fin. As for the deal that has already been purchased by customers (see http://bit.ly/lLzRsO), he said they have contacted the merchant Crystal Harbour Restaurant and will allow customers to opt for bird’s nest soup in replacement of shark fin soup.

Mr. Yeung also said Groupon Hong Kong values and respects animal rights and is committed to supporting the conservation of endangered species.

Environmentalists welcome the change of mind of Groupon Hong Kong. Hong Kong Shark Foundation posted a news about the development on their Facebook pages and immediately received more than 40 “Likes”.

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