Local divers catch sea urchins in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park before eating them live

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There has been a recent shocking incident whereby local Hong Kongers organised diving trip by jet skis to Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park in Sai Kung to capture and eat sea urchins raw. According to section 3 of MARINE PARKS AND MARINE RESERVES REGULATION, no person shall fish or hunt, injure, remove or take away any animal or plant by any means in or from a marine park or marine reserve.

The group of local tourists in diving suits were seen catching sea urchins with fishing nets. Some of them even took selfies while eating them.

Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is one of the first batch of Marine Parks established in Hong Kong. It was designated in July 1996. Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is a sheltered bay located north of the Sai Kung West Country Park. It covers an area of about 260 hectares. The seaward boundary is demarcated by linking the tips of Heung Lo Kok and Kwun Tsoi Kok through the northern end of Flat Island (Ngan Chau) and Moon Island (Mo Chau). The landward boundary generally follows the high water mark along the coastline.

The number of visitors to Hoi Ha Wan Marine Parks is increasing as the public knows more about the Marine Parks. Many visitors engage in different activities in the water of Hoi Ha Wan Marine Parks. Visitors must pay special attention to avoid damaging the natural habitats when snorkeling or SCUBA diving. Divers and swimmers must not stand on fragile corals. Visitors must follow the “Marine Parks Visitors Code” in the Marine Parks. 

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