The Government collected another 2.86 tons of plastic pellets today, scattered on beaches, at sea, and in fish culture zones after a container spill during Typhoon Vicente.
The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department collected 1.6 tons of pellets, the Marine Department picked up 1.25 tons, and the Leisure & Cultural Services Department also collected a small amount.
The Government Flying Service and the Marine Department conducted searches for pellets in Sai Kung and Clearwater.
Marine Police reported the presence of pellets on Tung O Wan, Lamma Island.
The Centre for Food Safety examined 40 fish and found no pellets in them.
The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department received reports from four mariculturists that pellets were found in the Ma Wan and Cheung Sha Wan fish culture zones. The pellets were cleaned up and no abnormal death of fish was reported.
The department collected 11 live fish samples from Cheung Sha Wan and Ma Wan fish culture zones. About 0.3g and 0.5g of the pellets were found in the stomachs of a red drum and a cobia. Members of the public are reminded to wash fish thoroughly and remove the internal organs before cooking. The food safety risk from the pellets is believed to be low.
The Government thanked all volunteers, including members of the public and non-governmental organisations, for their assistance in clean-up operations, as well as SINOPEC for offering vacuum cleaners for clean-up operations.
The public and volunteer organisations can deposit pellets at collection points.
Sham Wan beach on Lamma Island is closed to the public from June to October every year, to minimise disturbance to sea turtles, their nests and eggs.