The purpose of this event is not about saving the lives of fishes, or to contribute to a rite of buddhism. Our major intention is to repopulate the ocean with fish, or do what we can to increase the population of fish. Over the course of the past 20 years, the population of aquatic species such as fishes and sharks have drastically decreased due to overfishing and water pollution. Our “Save the Sea” event aims to maximize the chances of survival for various aquatic species. We release only native species appropriate to local sea waters.
In addition to the above, the “Save the Sea” event aims to:
- Release life ‘放生‘ in the sea by releasing fish fry ‘魚苗‘or small fishes and other aquatic life appropriate to the ocean region.
- Promote appropriate sea environment for aquatic life living, including mini Artificial Reefs to maximize the chance of Survival for the fish & aquatic life.
- Promote responsible aquaculture.
- Promote cleaner beaches.
Although one of the main purposes for this event is tied to Buddhist appeals, we take this opportunity to want to re-stock the ocean with fish. We release only native species appropriate to local sea waters. For example, we won’t buy a lobster from BOSTON and then put in Hong Kong water.
Of course we won’t release fresh water species into the sea. We choose mostly the warmer seasons to do this practice, so the water temperature won’t be too cold. We release in protected areas which is constantly supervised by Marine police and near the area where the HK government sank 18 boats to create an artificial reef right outside of Sai Kung.
The ability of fisheries to naturally recover also depends on whether the conditions of the ecosystems are suitable for population growth. Dramatic changes in species composition may establish other equilibrium energy flows that involve other species compositions than had been present before (ecosystem shift). For example, remove nearly all the trout, and the carp might take over and make it nearly impossible for the trout to re-establish a breeding population.