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ETC - Technical Visit (SWIMS)

  • Shau Kei Wan MTR Station 295 Shau Kei Wan Road Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong Island Hong Kong (map)

Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS, 太古海洋科學研究所)) at Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve, cum Ecological Workshop at Tai Tam Mangrove

The Education and Training Committee is honoured to collaborate with Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS)) to organise an exclusive guided tour to their centre and laboratory at Cape D'Aguilar, the only Marine Reserve in HK situated at the south of HK Island. Also, a field visit to Tai Tam Mangrove will be arranged to introduce the recent researches and measures for coastal protection. During the visit, research team of Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Laboratory under SWIMS will present their recent findings in Tolo Harbour - a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab, Haberma tingkok. This is an exclusive opportunity to visit the SWIMS research centre at Cape D’Aguilar which is normally not opened to public for visit.

The visit will provide HKIP members an in-depth understanding of SWIMS, as well as its recent researches on vulnerable mangrove habitat. The visit could also facilitate knowledge sharing and experience exchange on environmental planning and other relevant issues among HKIP members and the scientists of SWIMS. So come on down to get a better grasp of the mangrove habitat and recent development on coastal protection!

Relevant topics: environmental planning, coastal protection, mangrove habitat, Marine Reserve

Technical Visit Details:

Date/Time: 9 September 2017, Saturday
Duration: 12:30pm – 6:30pm
Gathering Venue: Shau Kei Wan MTR Station (Hang Seng Bank)
Target: HKIP Members (Family members and friends are also welcome)
Participants: 24
Costs: HKD $100 per person (includes transportation and soft drinks)


Programme Rundown:

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Shuttle Bus to SWIMS at Cape D'Aguilar

1:30pm – 3:30pm ·

Seminar on SWIMS and its recent works on mangrove habitat
Short tour to SWIMS Laboratory and outdoor facilities

3:30pm – 4pm
Shuttle Bus to Tai Tam Mangrove

4pm – 6pm
Field Visit / Ecological Tour at Tai Tam Mangrove

6pm – 6:30pm
Return to Shau Kei Wan and Dismiss

About the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS, 太古海洋科學研究所)

The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), as a research institute of The University of Hong Kong, is a leading research institute on marine science in SE Asia and the NW Pacific. With the support of The Swire Group Charitable Trust, the SWIMS has set up the most modern marine facility in HK on the Cape d'Aguilar peninsula, the first Marine Reserve in HK in recognition of the growing interest in understanding and conserving Hong Kong's marine environment.

The Mangrove Ecology and Evolution Laboratory (the LAB) is recently established under SWIMS and interests in various aspects of mangrove ecology and crab biology. In particular, the group is involved in studying the impact of pollution and land reclamation on Hong Kong mangroves, and it will lead the two-year project “Hong Kong mangroves: where are they now?”, funded by the Hong Kong Environment and Conservation Fund and aiming at assessing the biodiversity and health of mangrove forests, for conservation and management purposes. Besides, the LAB has recently discovered, described and named a new species of mangrove-climbing micro-crab from Hong Kong, Haberma tingkok. More details can be found in the following link:


For registration, please please fill out the form below.. Enrolment is on first-come-first-served basis. Monique of HKIP Office will contact the enrolled participants for payment arrangement in short. To secure the enrolment, the participants are advised to pay via cash or Cheque to the HKIP Office in advance no later than 25 August 2017 (Friday), or the priority will be open for members in the waiting list. Should you have any queries on the technical visit, please contact Edwin LEE at Tel: 9315 8112.


1. Event insurance is not covered.
2. If a tropical cyclone warning signal No. 3 (or above) or Red/Black rainstorm warning issued 2 hours prior the event, the activities will be postponed. The event organiser will update with the participants via phone.
3. The technical visit will involve a field trip in Tai Tam Mangrove. Participants are suggested to wear suitable clothes for outdoor activities.

Special thanks to the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences (SWIMS).

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