Asian Diver (English) - - Ocean Ambassador Adex 2017–2018 -

I AM MOST well-known for the roles I have played on tele­vi­sion in Hong Kong for the last 20 years. Few peo­ple, how­ever, know that I am also pas­sion­ate about the ocean.

I got my PADI Open Water Diver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in 2012, and be­came a PADI res­cue diver in 2014. I can still re­call my first dive, the pro­found peace, and my fas­ci­na­tion at the weight­less­ness; it was like danc­ing in outer space. That first course re­vealed to me the “divers’ spirit”, and helped me to de­velop a deep-rooted at­ti­tude of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our oceans.


The ma­rine “lap sap” (ocean de­bris) prob­lem in Hong Kong and Asia has re­cently gained a lot of at­ten­tion from the me­dia, although there still doesn’t seem to be a so­lu­tion to this desperate prob­lem. Yet, on the bright side, the pub­lic is concerned and aware about the scale of the is­sue, and a grow­ing num­ber of beach and un­der­wa­ter clean-ups have been or­gan­ised by pri­vate groups, and the gov­ern­ment, to help re­move some of the trash.


An­other threat to ma­rine life comes in the form of ghost nets. These are fish­ing nets that have been dumped and lost in the ocean by fish­er­men. These nets, of­ten nearly in­vis­i­ble against the seabed, can be­come en­tan­gled on a rocky reef, or can end up drift­ing in the open sea. They en­snare fish, dol­phins, sea tur­tles, sharks, seabirds, crabs, and other crea­tures; even, in some cases, hu­man divers. As they were de­signed to do, the nets re­strict move­ment, trap­ping their victims and killing them through ei­ther star­va­tion, lac­er­a­tion and in­fec­tion, or suf­fo­ca­tion in those that need to re­turn to the sur­face to breathe.

As an artist and pub­lic fig­ure, I in­tend to draw the Hong Kong pub­lic’s at­ten­tion to the “Ocean Lap Sap” prob­lems, cre­at­ing a TV pro­gramme to air on a local TV sta­tion. I want to use the mass me­dia to spread aware­ness of this is­sue, and co­op­er­ate with the sci­en­tists and other pro­fes­sion­als that are try­ing to take ac­tion.

You don’t need to be a well-known fig­ure to get in­volved in positive change; ev­ery­one can help raise aware­ness about tak­ing bet­ter care of our en­vi­ron­ment. We can all con­trib­ute to cre­at­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for the next gen­er­a­tion.

By Joyce Tang

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