OPCFHK co-organized a conservation event, “Say NO to Shark Fin & Protect Our Marine Lives”, with fashion.ifeng.com and Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association on August 12, 2012. Artist Ms Cherrie Ying, Ms Yumiko Cheng and around 50 volunteers from Hong Kong and Shenzhen joined together to protect the ocean by pledging not to consume shark fin.
As a diver and an ocean lover, Ms Cherrie Ying felt distressed seeing sharks having their fins cut off. She learnt that up to 73 million sharks are harvested annually for their fins, causing over 180 sharks species being threatened. She left shark fin soup off the menu in her own wedding last year and hope more people could join to protect the oceans by stop consuming shark fin.
Ms Yumiko Cheng advised everyone to make a wise choice when we shop or order seafood. Global fisheries could collapse totally within 40 years due to overfishing. Besides shark fin, Yumiko urged everyone to avoid consuming the endangered blue-fin tuna and humphead wrasse. A slight change in your decision brings hopes to our ocean!
Rain Li, Director of fashion.ifeng.com (left 1), Ms Yumiko Cheng (left 2), Ms Cherrie Ying (middle), Mr. Li Gang, Vice President of Shenzhen Blue Ocean Conservation Association (right 2) and Mr. Timothy Ng, Deputy Director of OPCFHK (right 1) took the lead and sign the “Say NO to Shark Fin” pledge. Around 50 volunteers from Shenzhen and Hong Kong immediately response to the appeal and took their first step to support sustainable seafood by pledging not to consume shark fin, humphead wrasse and blue fin tuna.