What is AquaMeridian Conservation & Education Foundation?
AquaMeridian Foundation is a registered non-profit organization that aims to educate the public to make well-informed choices in their daily lives, which may affect biodiversity and our planet negatively. In HK, shark finning, non-sustainable seafood, and ivory are top priorities. We aim mentoring the public to become role models for our generations to have a better sustainable future.
Our oceans cover over two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, and the marine ecosystem is so intricately interlinked with us that wherever you are, our actions affect the Oceans. Acidification, overfishing, offshore drilling, pollution, and oceanic dead zones are just some of the major issues that scientists and global leaders are tackling with ever increasing urgency. However, as city dwellers, these issues are often a direct result of our daily choices.
Founded by Ms. Sharon Kwok and Mr. Peter Jackson in March 2013 with a mission to engage the public in conservation issues and environmental protection activities. AquaMeridian has been presenting school talks, seminars, and conducting educational activities throughout Hong Kong, as we believe education is the key to need to respect our natural environment and to protect the species that live within it has become an even more urgent issue.
What We've Achieved
- By the end of 2014, we have successfully persuaded four of Hong Kong's largest ivory retailers to take elephant ivory off of their shelves, and they are: Chinese Arts & Crafts, Wing On Department Stores Hong Kong, Yue Hwa Group, and Chinese Goods Centre.
- Since 2013, we have hosted the Elephant Walk in Hong Kong as one of over a hundred cities joining the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. The Elephant Walk is held annually on World Animal Day. In Hong Kong, Sharkaphant is our mascot, and he represents the largest animal on land as well as the biggest fish in the sea, both of which face possible extinction due to local traditions that need to change. With the attendance of many kids, local celebrities, and prominent people, our annual Elephant Walk receives full press coverage.
- In March 2013, we were lobbying for Shark and Manta Ray Protection at the Parties at CITES held in Bangkok, Thailand. On March 11th, nations voted to increase protection for five species of sharks ( Ocean Whitetip, Porbeagle, Scalloped-hammerhead, Great hammerhead, and Smooth-hammerhead) and two species of Manta Rays at the Convention of International Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora.
- We have been conducting conservation-themed presentations at educational institutions in Hong Kong for various ages monthly, since 2011.
- We have been involved in Hong Kong Reef Check annually, in collaboration with the Reef Check Foundation since 2000. Hong Kong Reef Check is part of the global programme to promote sustainable management of coral reefs. Reef Check serves 2 major functions:
-To raise public awareness about the value of coral reefs, the threats to their health and the solutions to these problems.
-To obtain data on coral reef status in order to allow them to be managed on local and regional scales.