Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Water Margin- Hong Kong’s Link to the Sea

by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia on 2 Nov 2012
Water Margin Robin Moyer
'An appreciation of Hong Kong’s maritime resources in all aspects ranging from heritage, culture and recreation, to the breathtaking natural geography and wildlife.'

It’s a big subject, if the truth be known, and if you lay hands on this book be prepared to be swept up into a rich delight of history, geography and photography, peppered with skulduggery, industry, personalities and sports, and all stirred together into a fabulous oriental bouillabaisse. Hong Kong is what it is by virtue of its position in the ‘water margin’ (haijiang) of China, and of course sustained by the 'water margin' that surrounds it.

Specifically, the book covers History, Culture, Water Sport, Underwater, Wildlife, and the Coastline, all of them positive experiences for the most part – the debt that we owe to our island environment. Robin Moyer’s glorious photo essay, ‘Water Margin: A Photographer’s Journey’, is worth a book in itself, but it is amply supported throughout the volume by spectacular images both contemporary and historical.

And then we get to the ‘Challenges’. An inundation of plastic. Waterborne litter. Sewage pumped into Victoria Harbour. Storm drains. Degraded water quality. Reclamation. How on earth, one is moved to ask, did it come to this? The rape of a natural resource and an environment that has given so much to Hong Kong and received so little care in return.

Doug Woodring’s Ocean Recovery Alliance, the Plastic Disclosure Project, the ‘neighbourhood watch’ Global Alert, and Project Kaisei are covered here – initiatives to raise awareness of the appalling state of the coastal and pelagic waters of our planet. Expanding the Hong Kong problem onto a global canvas, so to speak.

If you can spare a few dollars you need to put this book on your shelf. It will delight, amaze and horrify you by turns, and it will undoubtedly improve your understanding of the environment that surrounds Hong Kong and increase your awareness of the dependency of our modern world on the oceans that support us and which we are trying so hard to kill.

Buy it. HK$450. Enjoy the stories and photos, absorb the information, and make a donation to Ocean Recovery Alliance in the process.

'Water Margin: Hong Kong’s Link to the Sea' is by Matthew Flynn and Ocean Recovery Alliance, with contributions from Dr Stephen Davies, Ed Stokes, Prof Joseph Bosco, Prof Sidney Chung, Prof Dick Irving, Dr Andy Cornish, Stan Shea, Dr Allen To, Robin Moyer, Walter Chu, Doug Woodring, Prof Joseph Hun-wei Lee, WWF Hong Kong and Prof Yvonne Sadovy.

For further information please contact: watermargin@flynnbooks.com

'Water Margin: Hong Kong’s Link to the Sea' is sponsored by:
Anglo-Eastern Group
Clarkson Asia
Fairmont and Magsaysay
KC Maritime
OOCL
Pacific Basin
Roxy
TCC Group
Tiger Group
Valles Steamship
and Robert YC Ho
Wildwind 2016 660x82NaiadNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

WHO statement on Zika virus
The third meeting of the EC convened by the Director-General under IHR 2005 regarding microcephaly and Zika virus The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 2016, from 13:00 to 17:15 Central European Time.
Posted on 16 Jun
Atlantic Cup 2016 - a race with an environmental commitment
The Atlantic Cup continues to further its mission for the 2016 race by examining the global economic impact of the ocean The Atlantic Cup continues to further its mission for the 2016 race by examining the global economic impact of the ocean and how an unhealthy ocean can affect the economy.
Posted on 7 Apr
Zika virus situation report
From 1 January 2007 to 16 March 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 59 countries and territories. From 1 January 2007 to 16 March 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 59 countries and territories. Cuba and Dominica are the latest to report autochthonous (local) transmission of Zika virus on 14 and 15 March, respectively. Five of these countries and territories reported a Zika virus outbreak that is now over.
Posted on 2 Apr
Have Norway scientists solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery?
The Bermuda Triangle has been said to have claimed numerous ships and aircraft over the years The Bermuda Triangle has been said to have claimed numerous ships and aircraft over the years, and everything from aliens to remnants from the lost island of Atlantis have been fingered as the culprits.
Posted on 15 Mar
Cyclone Winston Relief Fund – Help the people of Fiji
Sea Mercy is sending volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food and medical supplies to Fiji. Sea Mercy is once again sending our volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food, water and medical supplies and teams to Fiji.
Posted on 27 Feb
Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Champs - Hanson Medals awarded for rescues
US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals to eight boats for their heroic efforts The US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee awarded the Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medals to eight boats for their heroic efforts when a microburst storm hit the 2015 Flying Scot Atlantic Coast Championship, hosted by the Blackbeard Sailing Club, in New Bern, NC on September 12.
Posted on 2 Feb
Eco-warriors Sea-Bin crowd sharing critical stage with nine days to go
The automated marina cleaning SeaBin project has raised 86% of their target with 9 days left. The automated marina cleaning SeaBin project has raised $198,020 of $230,000.00 with nine days left on their Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, but they need more help now.
Posted on 29 Dec 2015
Higher levels of Fukushima Cesium detected offshore
Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of sites off the US West Coast showing signs of contamination from Fukushima. This includes the highest detected level to date from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco.
Posted on 6 Dec 2015
Don’t be a Tosser – Not your usual environmental article!!
The word ‘Tosser’ in the Oxford English dictionary means – ‘a person or thing that throws something’. The word ‘Tosser’ in the Oxford English dictionary means – ‘a person or thing that throws something’. There is no need for me to tell you the other meaning that is commonly used around the world. However in this article it will refer to both at the same time as someone who tosses trash into the ocean, truly is a tosser.
Posted on 3 Dec 2015
Warming ocean worsened Australia’s fatal 2010/2011 floods
Researchers shows that warming of Indian and Pacific oceans played a role in increasing the risk of floods in 2010/2011 A study by a team of U.S. and Australian researchers shows that long-term warming of the Indian and Pacific oceans played an important role in increasing the risk of the kind of devastating floods that struck Australia in 2010/2011.
Posted on 21 Nov 2015