MARINE RESOURCES

Books

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  • Hong Kong Reef Fish Photo Guide, by Allen To, Ken Ching and Stan Shea (2013)

    Contains descriptions and photographs of over 270 reef fish species collected over 7 years of SCUBA diving.

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  • Field Guide to Common Reef Fishes of Hong Kong
    Author: Allen To, Stan Shea (2016)

    The guide illustrates 37 commonly observed reef fish species in Hong Kong. Each species in this guide is illustrated with underwater photograph taken in Hong Kong and short description.

  • Reef Fishes of Hong Kong, by Yvonne Sadovy and Andrew S. Cornish (2000)

    Includes descriptions and photographs of over 320 reef fish species observed in one of the first ever comprehensive survey of reef fishes in Hong Kong.

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Local and global initiatves

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  • ChooseRightToday.org

    A resource for learning about sustainable seafood and the associated environmental issues. Find out where sustainable seafood is served in Hong Kong.

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  • Eco-Education & Resource Centre’s Hong Kong Fish Android app

    Contains a database for over 270 reef fish species recorded in Hong Kong.

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  • Hong Kong Biodiversity Database, AFCD

    A database for plant and animal species found in Hong Kong. For information on marine fish, AFCD provides “HK-Fish.net”.

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  • • Hong Kong Biodiversity Information System (HKBIS)

    A database including information for over 4,000 plant and animal species found in Hong Kong, created as a tool for biology and environmental education.

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  • Hong Kong Reef Check

    Organized annually by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the project collects information on key indicator species for not only reef fishes, but also invertebrates and corals (as well as coral coverage information) in over 30 dive sites around Hong Kong.

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  • Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong (OPCFHK), local marine projects

    Learn more about OPCFHK’s local marine conservation projects, including seahorse tagging and the Cetacean Stranding Response Team. OPCFHK’s work also extends beyond Hong Kong to all around Asia.

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  • Project Seahorse (iSeahorse) (global)

    A global citizen science programme allowing anyone in the world to report seahorse sightings and contribute to the project’s database, with the goal of supporting conservation action.

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  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hong Kong, local marine projects

    Learn more about TNC’s initiatives to protect the ocean in Hong Kong, including efforts to restore coastal habitats and coral reefs.

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  • The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) (global)

    This resource was the inspiration for the methodology applied in the 114˚E Survey.

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  • Wildbook for Whale Sharks photo-identification library (global)

    A visual database of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) sightings, using the shark’s natural patterns and scars behind gills to distinguish between individual animals and collect scientific information.

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  • WWF-HK Marine Ecological Hotspot Map

    An interactive map containing information about 31 identified marine ecological hotspots in Hong Kong.

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  • WWF-HK Seafood Guide

    A guide to choosing seafood while minimising impacts on the environment, tailored for the Hong Kong markets.

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marine life database

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  • Catalog of Fishes, California Academy of Science (global)

    A reference for taxonomic fish names. The most recent edition in 2017 provides information for 408 new species.

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  • FishBase.org (global)

    A database containing information for over 33,000 marine fish species.

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  • HK-Fish.net

    Including a record of local marine species and fisheries related information, created by the AFCD.

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  • Hong Kong Register of Marine Species (HKRMS)

    Providing taxonomic information of marine species recorded in Hong Kong.

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  • ReefBase.org (global)

    Including a global database on coral reefs.

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  • SeaLifeBase.org (global)

    A resource for searching forms of sea life, other than fish, with information for over 74,000 marine species.

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  • The Fish Database of Taiwan (Taiwan)

    An important resource for species identification and Chinese common names. Due to our geographic proximity, many species between Taiwan and Hong Kong waters overlap.

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  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN Red List) (global & all wildlife)

    More than just a database, the IUCN Red List describes the conservation statuses of all assessed wildlife, including plant and animal species.

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university databases

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  • CUHK Library, Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection

    Includes postgraduate research papers on at least “fish” and “coral”.

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  • Marine Fauna and Ecology in Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong

    Compiles information on marine fauna and ecology in Hong Kong, compiled by the university’s students’ Final Year Projects.

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  • State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University

    A primary research institution in China for environmental science research.

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  • State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution, City University of Hong Kong

    Apart from marine pollution, the Laboratory has also begun a local reef fish survey in 2017.

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  • The HKU Scholars Hub

    Includes postgraduate research papers on at least “fish”, “grouper”, “butterflyfish” and “shark”.

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