1. Message from the Project Leader
Welcome to our project to explore the energy sources driving the productivity of Hong Kong’s soft shores! Our study uses state-of-the-art instruments and experimental techniques to probe into the food web (how organisms are connected via feeding relationships) of the local soft sediment shores – the mangrove forest, salt marsh, tidal flat and shallow subtidal waters.
All seafood we eat (with few exceptions from the deep seas) obtain their energy from primary production generated by photosynthetic organisms such as trees, grasses, as well as micro- and macroalgae. On urbanized coastlines such as those in Hong Kong, there may also be subsidies from human sources like discharges from fish or animal farms, or untreated sewage.
Our project’s primary objective is to identify the food sources that are most important for supporting local fishery production, so that effort may be prioritized to ensure their protection.
This two-year project is funded by a grant from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF).
On our project pages, you will understand more about how we conduct this investigation using the latest techniques and methods. We will also show you the latest findings, in plain layman language.
Professor Joe Lee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong