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Protecting Hong Kong’s sea creatures and traditions

Journalist Laurel Chor investigates how ocean is vital to Hong Kong’s soul


Oceans Tomorrow

Into the Blue

Throughout its history, Hong Kong has been shaped by its relationship with the sea, from its origins as a collection of fishing villages, to its longstanding role as one of the world's largest and most important ports and trade centers, to the many natural wonders found in and around the territory's richly biodiverse waters. Centuries of human activity, however, have come at a price, and Hong Kong's marine ecosystem is today at a critical juncture.
Produced for the Swire TrustTomorrow initiative by National Geographic Creative Works, Oceans Tomorrow explores the incredible world that lies beneath Hong Kong's waves, examining the various factors that threaten its health and existence, and identifying the actions we must take to preserve it for future generations.
6000 species
of marine life
in Hong Kong waters with an uncertain future
16.5 tonnes
of waste
are dumped into Hong Kong's sea every year

Less Than 3% Of Hong Kong Waters Are Protected, Compared To 38% Of Its Land.

Find out more about the marine protected areas here.


Protecting Hong Kong's Waters

Imagination Meets Impact

Oceans Tomorrow will connect Marine Conversation, Arts & Education in a Creativity meets Conservation Workshop that will bring Hong Kong students closer to understanding the ways their culture has been shaped by the sea and how they can protect it.
They will be collaborating on a digital mural, music, and designing local outreach with artists, conservationists, and cultural spaces to create a message of hope as a community.
Inspired by the work being done to conserve Hong Kong’s unique marine biodiversity, local youth will be led through immersive workshops and field trips with mentors who will guide them on how to harness their imagination for impact.
That's my mission to find out the story of what's happened.
So we can author a better future.

- Jonathan Cybulski

National Geographic Explorer
Marine Ecologist

About the Swire Group Charitable Trust

Established in 1983, the Swire Group Charitable Trust ("Swire Trust") is a Hong Kong charity registered under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Guided by the Swire Group motto, Esse Quam Videri, the Swire Trust is motivated by altruism and aims to act for the direct benefit of society and the greater good.
The Swire Trust envisions a flourishing world of diversity where all members of society have opportunities for a meaningful life, and where growth and resources are sustained for future generations. We aim to effect positive change in the areas of Education, Marine Conservation and the Arts by supporting registered non-profit organisations primarily in Hong Kong. In terms of Marine Conservation, the Swire Trust is committed to addressing issues relating to overfishing, biodiversity loss and pollution.