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Story of the Month - September 2017

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Aquaculture is an important part of the food production system and a key source of protein in our diet. Unfortunately, social and environmental challenges have put many aquaculture systems in the world under pressure.


Centre member and anthropologist Prof. Sidney Cheung has long been interested in studying coastal communities and aquaculture in different parts of the world, such as fish farmers in Hong Kong and crayfish consumption in China, Japan, and the USA. His latest research is an interdisciplinary collaborative project that looks at oyster farming communities across the globe. The research aims to foster social resilience of these aquaculture communities.  Through understanding how these different oyster farmers manage social and environmental risks, Prof. Cheung’s team tries to identify the key factors that help sustain these communities despite the challenges they face. Prof. Cheung’s latest five-episode documentary series on the oyster farming community in Lau Fau Shan is available at this link (


In the long term, Prof. Cheung hopes to apply his research in the industry. His goal is to collaborate with researchers in biological science and local oyster industry practitioners to build up a “Pearl River” oyster brand that is internationally known. 


Caption: One of the several thousand oyster shafts in Shenzhen Bay outside Lau Fau Shan, Northwest New Territory. Pollution from the rapid urban development of the Pearl River Delta area has brought serious challenges to the oyster industry in this region. (Photo by Alan Tse)

圖:新界西北流浮山對出的深圳灣有數千個如圖中的蠔排。珠三角地區快速發展帶來的污染,為當地養蠔業帶來了嚴峻的挑戰。 (謝曉軒攝)


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