Hong Kong scientist pins hopes to revive ‘Pearl of the Orient’ past on cutting-edge technology

By Ayaka McGill On a raft floating off Hong Kong’s rural eastern coastline former investment banker turned scientist Yan Wa-tat patiently scrapes barnacles off some 2,000 oysters – a tiresome but crucial part of his mission to bring back pearl farming. “The species was once abundant in Hong Kong,” the 58-year-old lamented. “We have a history of pearl fishing of over […]