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 Post subject: Turtle Beach
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:56 pm 
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Was interested in visiting this beach, but I understand it is closed for part of the year to allow the turtle population to reproduce. Anyone know when it is open to the public? And is it worth the trek? Looks really nice from the photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Turtle Beach
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:34 pm 
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Open now, till end of Spring. Closed Summer and Autumn.

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 Post subject: Re: Turtle Beach
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:35 pm 
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Conservation of sea turtles in Hong Kong

The Sham Wan Restricted Area
The sandy beach at Sham Wan, Lamma Island is the only regular nesting site of Green Turtles known in Hong Kong. The site is also one of the few remaining nesting sites in Southern China. Therefore, the site is very important to the survival of this highly endangered species in both local and regional contexts. To recognize the scientific significance of the area, the sandy beach and the nearby shallow water has become a Site of Special Scientific Interest since June 1999.

The number of female Green Turtles nesting in Sham Wan is small and there would not be nesting every year. The protection of this remnant nesting population is therefore very important and a variety of tools have been used to achieve this purpose.

Management of the Sham Wan nesting site
Restricted Area

In order to minimize disturbance to sea turtles, their nests and eggs, there is a need to restrict access to the beach area during the nesting season. Designation of Restricted Area under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance Cap.170 serves this purpose.

On 30 July 1999, the Secretary for the then Planning, Environment and Lands made, under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Cap.170), the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 6) Notice 1999 to specify the sandy beach of Sham Wan as a Restricted Area. The Restricted Area is about 0.5 hectare in area. The restricted period is from 1 June to 31 October.

Illegal entrance is liable to a maximum fine of HKD50,000. In general, entrance for general visit or leisure purposes would not be permitted. During the restricted period, patrol would be conducted by the nature wardens to control unauthorized activities and to monitor the nesting activities of green turtles.


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 Post subject: Re: Turtle Beach
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What they don't mention is that there hasn't been a nesting turtle there for years, and whatever restrictions they place on people visiting the beach, there are junks and pleasure boats in the bay which probably have a greater potential to disrupt nesting behaviour.


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