Target: Jack So Chak-kwong, Hong Kong Airport Authority Chairman
Goal: Protect rare coral colonies from being destroyed by the construction of a new runway at Hong Kong’s airport.
More than 6,400 rare colonies of Guaiagorgia coral are in danger of being destroyed during the construction of a new runway at Hong Kong International Airport. Only 300 coral colonies in the way of the runway’s construction are planned to be translocated to new waters. This is less than five percent of the coral affected.
The Airport Authority argues that the corals are not of “conservation interest” and are not considered endangered by Hong Kong’s government. However, conservationists and environmentalists argue that the coral is slow-growing and, as a result, little is known about the species. Conservationists say that the corals must be translocated so that they can be studied and more can be learned about the rare species. Five percent is too small of a sample size and conservationists worry it may not be able to successfully grow in a new location.
This is not the first environmental controversy surrounding the construction of the airport’s new runway. The airport’s SkyPier high-speed ferries that connect Hong Kong to mainland China, have negatively impacted dolphins in the area, according to conservationists. Pollution from the project has also been a focal point. Destroying rare coral colonies will only add to the runway’s environmental impact. Sign the petition to demand that the Airport Authority increase the percentage of coral it will translocate so that it can be further researched and protected.
Dear Mr. Chak-kwong,
The Hong Kong International Airport is currently planning for the construction of a new runway. This runway will be the third for the busy airport. However, controversy has surrounded this planned project. More than 6,400 coral colonies of Guaiagorgia will be negatively affected.
Guaiagorgia is a very rare and slow-growing coral species, of which little is actually known. The Airport Authority plans on translocating 300 colonies, or less than five percent. However, conservationists worry that this sample size is too small to support the sustainable growth of a much larger colony. This will prevent researchers from further studying the coral.
This is not the first time the proposed runway project has gained the attention and anger of conservationists. Pollution has been a worry, as has the well-being of the species of dolphins in the area. I urge you to take action to increase the amount of coral colonies being translocated. Doing so would be a small step, but a step that demonstrates the Airport Authority’s concern for the environment.
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Photo Credit: Benson Kua