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Plastic Beach

After the recent Typhoon 10 that hit Hong Kong a few days ago, a grim discovery was made by Tracey Read on Discovery Bay’s North Beach. A total of thirty 25kg sacks of Pre Processed Plastic [Raw Plastic in small pellet form also known as Nurdles] was found washed up on the beach. Sadly 11 of the sacks were empty and their contents now lay strewn across the beach. Plastic is one of the largest pollutants in the worlds oceans today. These small translucent balls look very similar to fish eggs and because of this they are consumed by fish and seabirds. The Nurdles absorb all pollutants before they are ingested, passing these toxins onto the host. Once in the food chain, plastic then works it’s way up the food chain and eventually ends up on the human dinner table.

Dee - July 26, 2012 - 4:26 am

oh wow… We aren’t back until Sunday, but please let us know if we can help when we get back…

Doug - July 26, 2012 - 7:23 am

Tracy and Gary,

Two of the same sacks, full, were found on Sheko Beach as well, after Typhoon Vicente.

Pam Longobardi - July 30, 2012 - 3:54 pm

so sorry to hear this news. Glad you are documenting it.
I am working in Greece right now:
please visit so that we can connect
~soldiers on a similar mission

McGary - August 4, 2012 - 4:37 am

how can i assist to clear and clean our beach! I was shame about this issue!

LEVIO - August 4, 2012 - 8:09 am

i’m from hong kong,who and where can i contact?i want to go helping remove the chemical away.

Rachna Kapur - August 4, 2012 - 12:50 pm

It can also be one of the ships carrying the container of this kind of shipment of Plastic Recycling sellable material has fallen into the sea, for that can also explain why only one company bags etc is involved.

[...] containers lost over board.  A summary of the unfolding events around this can be found via with the first article [...]

[...] first online report was written by Gary Stokes of Sea Shepherd Hong Kong and he also created a Facebook page to follow up the incident: After the [...]

[...] first online report was written by Gary Stokes of Sea Shepherd Hong Kong and he also created a Facebook page to follow up the incident: After the [...]

Denis - August 23, 2012 - 8:21 am

This is so sad…

[...] Gary Stokes avy ao amin'ny Sea Shepherd Hong Kong ny tatitra an-tserasera voalohany ary nanangana pejy [...]

Gary Stokes PhotoART for Sea Shepherd

The first three designs roll out of the Sea Shepherd ships from Operation No Compromise. The Bob Barker “Silent Hunter”, The Gojira “Interceptor” and the Steve Irwin “Stormforce”. These are limited editions printed on satin finished aluminium with a float mount which gives them a stunning and vibrant look. The first of Bob Barker images was auctioned of at Sea No Evil 2012 to raise money for Sea Shepherd.

Fiddling with the Fiddlers

Spent the morning yesterday, baking in the midday sun, watching these fascinating little guys come out and play on the mud-flats. The common English name “Fiddler Crab” comes from the feeding of the males, where the movement of the small claw from the ground to its mouth resembles the motion of someone moving a bow across a fiddle (the large claw). Sadly the mangrove area that these guys were photographed in had recently been completely destroyed and cut back to stumps. These mangrove areas are critical to marine habitats as they provide nursing and birthing grounds for many species.

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