|Background to the Hong Kong's AR Project||
Marine resources in Hong Kong have been declining in recent years. They are threatened by overfishing, foreshore and seabed developments and water pollution. In July 1995, the Hong Kong Government announced a HK$108 million Artificial Reef Project aimed at enhancing local marine resources. Deployment of vessels, concrete, quarry rock, and tyre reefs, totalling 179,130 had been deployed in Hong Kong under the Artificial Reef Project and other artificial reef deployment projects. An Artificial Reefs Division was established within the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in June 1996 to implement the Project.