SWIMS Principal Investigators


New Hire


Rajan wants to build a hatchery by April for AFCD

Talk to Cecily to get some space

Sea Water System

  • Pipe March
  • Test April

I will go to visit the outdoor water tanks

Committee for the aquarium

  1. Shelby
  2. Cecily

? Question: access to the water?

Ramp We always tell AFCD we're taking groups on the shore Talk to Sylvia to organise a class visit

Xiamen University

Ph.D. and Post Doc

Thomas and Juan Diego Gaitan


If they are appointed to HKU, they spend 50% of their time in Xiamen


60 people in the committee

Costal SOS




Min Han

A Regional Program submitted for endorsement under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Program (2021-2030) Coastal Zones Under Intensifying Human Activities and Changing Climate: A Regional Programme Integrating Science, Management and Society to Support Ocean Sustainability (Coastal-SOS)

Summary With ~2 billion people relying on its resources, the East Asian seas have nourished rapid economic growth during past decades, which has unfortunately occurred at the expense of ocean health. This Programme articulates a novel approach of cross-sectoral partnership in designing, conducting and delivering “the science we need for the ocean we want”. Through interdisciplinary research, we propose to examine the trajectories of six model East Asian coastal ecosystems over the past 50 years and predict their future (30- year) direction. The Programme enables effective integration of science, governance, and society to fundamentally change the business-as-usual development model of the coastal



As the gateway between the land and ocean, the coastal zone is home to over 50% of the world's human population and produces almost 50% of its gross domestic product (GDP). However, this vital region has undergone intensified pressures from human development and climate change ever since the Industrial Revolution, which have adversely impacted human society and impaired the region’s and by extension the global ocean’s sustainability. For example, a massive increase in fertilizer use has resulted in worldwide eutrophication of the coastal zone leading to a series of chain-reaction events, such as harmful algal blooms (HABs), hypoxia, mass mortality of impacted marine organisms and changes in seawater chemistry (e.g., acidification). Such coastal eutrophication and associated environmental stresses occurred over 50 years ago in Central and Western Europe, but are now an emerging concern in East Asia and are likely to be observed in the rest of the world in the very near future. The persistence and global occurrence of these environmental threats and their negative effects on human health and nations’ economies clearly demonstrate the complexity of alleviating this crisis, such that finding their solution is challenging both regionally and globally.

We argue that cross-sectoral partnerships, scientific innovation and seamless knowledge transfer to achieve a tangible integration of science, governance and society are the keys to tackling these coastal problems. Holistic understanding through multidisciplinary research of the coupled physical, biogeochemical, and pollution processes that cumulatively contribute to the current crisis and its future aggravation is crucial to mitigating their impacts. A novel partnership across stakeholders will allow the development of novel, integrative designs to determine the drivers of these processes and subsequent implementation of solutions to combat threats at a variety of different ecological and socioeconomic levels. This proposal thus partners cross-sectoral stakeholders, including leading academic institutions, industrial enterprises, non-profit foundations, and nongovernmental /intergovernmental organizations (NGO/IGOs) from Eastern Asian countries, to enable the advancement of scientific understanding of critical coastal ocean health issues. The aim is thus to transform this scientific acquired

knowledge to provide feasible solutions, including evolved integrated ocean management strategies, and to empower industrial enterprises towards adopting best practices of sustainable development in ocean usage. The Coastal-SOS Programme will be implemented in two phases. What we have sophisticatedly designed in this application is Phase I (2022-2027). Based on what has achieved in Phase I, we will further design Phase II (2028-2030) which will further advance research in coastal ocean science and highlight how to transfer the best available science acquired into actionable strategies and schemes.

David Baker

Marine Geo

Dream for SWIMS


3 million

3 years funding

Baltic Cruiser

It will take another year

Hong Kong Reef Policy alliance

Expanding MPAs

WWF makes recommendations for biodiversity hotspots

Port Shelter a no-take zone

Paper that have policy impact paper have a lot more impact than pure research


How do we get to SWIMS?

Shuttle service - not used much

6 months

Shuttle program

Update residence block

500,000 HKD for the residence

  • Washing machine
  • Lighting
  • Curtains
  • Stay at SWIMS
  • Flats with a view

Marine Geo by Shelby

Feb 7 - 18, Mon, tue. Thu, fri.

Break in SWIMS


Plug for volunteers to retrieve and process the ARMS by Shelby

  • Fun for the students
  • Taxonomy. how to process samples
  • SWIMS biodiversity
  • Barcode
  • E-DNA
  • High school, undergrads are welcome. Recruiting
  • Kids have got to be covered by

TPG Program by Baker

Coastal ocean Civilisation COC

“Ecological civilisation”

Year 1 - Core Courses (36 credits)

  1. COEC7001 Ocean Biodiversity (9 credits)
  2. COEC7002 Fisheries (9 credits)
  3. COEC7003 Seafood: Mariculture & Trade (9 credits)
  4. COEC7004 Conservation Genomics (9 credits)
  5. COEC7005 Blue Carbon Ecosystems (9 credits)
  6. COEC7006 Sustainable Development and Engineering (9 credits)
  7. COEC7007 Project (15 credits)

2 students supervision, 30,000 HKD for consumables

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