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Marine Invertebrates in Hong Kong

Marine Invertebrates in Hong Kong

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Join us for this special Encompass HK’s edition of World Ocean’s Day 2022 talk

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Making up over 92% of life in our oceans, marine invertebrates inhabit every zone in the water column, with contributions ranging from ecosystem functioning to socioeconomic development. Compared to charismatic species, marine invertebrates are often underrepresented in IUCN reports and national conservation efforts.

Invertebrates form the basis of numerous food chains, play a key role in the reproductive cycle of many plants, are used to assess overall habitat quality, and outweigh all the fish in the sea by both species and mass. Species of marine invertebrates that are valuable as seafood include squids, clams, oysters, shrimp, and crabs.

Marine invertebrates fill many crucial ecological roles within the world’s ocean. However, both local and global pressures including pollution, climate change, habitat degradation and competition for resources with invasive species threaten marine invertebrates. As much as the charismatic marine mammals, invertebrates also need to be protected. They are, after all, the oceans’ unsung heroes. These simple organisms ultimately help sustain our fragile ecosystem both in and outside the ocean.

In this 1-hour talk, we’ll introduce the science of marine invertebrates, and some of the invertebrate species that live in Hong Kong. We’ll share their biology, ecology, habitats, reproduction habits and where best to find them.

Join us for this special Encompass HK’s edition of World Ocean’s Day 2022 talk.

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