The Tai Po District Council has rejected a proposal to build a fishing zone along Pak Shek Kok promenade, near the Science Park.

The proposed angling zone in Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po. Photo: districtcouncils.gov.hk.

According to the plan from CY Leung’s policy address, the government plans to spend HK$3.5 million to build a fishing zone along the Tai Po section of Pak Shek Kok promenade. The proposed fishing zone would have an area of 180 square metres and provide amenities such as washing facilities, work benches, fishing instruction boards, themed wall and floor decor, among others, according to a paper on the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s “Pilot Scheme of Angling Zones.”

The pilot period is one year long, and had the plan been approved, construction would have begun in September and been completed by January 2017, with a recurring cost of $900,000 per year. However, the Tai Po district council rejected the plan unanimously.

District councillor Yam Man-chuen told HKFP that he thinks the plan is “a complete waste of public funds.” He does not see the need for a dedicated fishing area since there are no restrictions on fishing at Pak Shek Kok.

“There already exists a pier nearby that is popular among anglers,” he said. He said that some councillors might reconsider if the proposed location was changed, while Ming Pao reported that other councillors will not consider the proposal even if the location is changed.

Pak Shek Kok promenade. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Yam also said that Pak Shek Kok promenade is a popular location for large scale events and races such as cycling and long-distance running. He fears that a dedicated fishing area at the promenade may cause obstruction to these events. Fishing equipment such as fish hooks might injure event participants, he said.

Tai Po is one of three areas offered the “Pilot Scheme of Angling Zones,” the other two being Central and Tsing Yi. Like the Tai Po district council, the Kwai Tsing council have rejected the idea of a fishing zone in Tsing Yi overwhelmingly.

Stanley Leung

Stanley is a Media and Communications graduate from Goldsmiths College in London. He takes particular interest in visual journalism, having produced photographic and video work on a number of social and political issues. He has also interned at the current affairs service of RTHK’s TV division.