UpdatedOctober 25, 2018 18:19:14 Photo:A white dolphin jumps out of the sea in front of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge outside…
Conservationists say that the number of rare Chinese white dolphins in Hong Kong’s waters has fallen considerably due to the construction of the world’s longest crossing point connecting the mainland China
There are reports that the 55-kilometer-long bridge, known as the “death bridge” of some local media, has also claimed 20 people’s lives and injured more than 500 people during its construction.
The $ 20 billion bridge, which took almost a decade to build, was officially declared openly by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday.
Taison Chang Ka-tai, chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, told ABC that the dolphin population in Hong Kong’s waters had fallen by more than 40 percent – from an average of 80 observations in 2012 to 47 in 2017.
Chang said The construction work’s impact on the white dolphin population was evident in the distribution of dolphins in the area.
“During the construction of the bridge, we can see the dolphins in northern Lantau [Island] almost all disappeared from that area, which is the closest area to the construction,” he said.
“So we can see a very clear relationship between the building and the distribution of the dolphins.”
Despite the decline in dolphin numbers, a report from Chinese state media CCTV said that high priority had been given to protect the white dolphins, including the nickname “China’s Marine Panda”.
A statement on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority website states $ 68 million to protect dolphins.
Mr Chang said that while mitigation measures were introduced by the Hong Kong government’s environmental protection area – like pause work for 30 minutes when a dolphin was detected – the measures proved to be ineffective.
“When they saw that the measures were not effective they did not do anything to try to increase the dolphin’s increase again or stop building for a while to see if they could improve the situation for it marine environment, he says.
“I can imagine that the situation in Chinese waters is even worse than Hong Kong.”
State media Xinhua commented on his Weibo account that white dolphins were discovered “dances over the bridge” on the opening day, as if they “congratulated it on their birthday.”
Mr. Chang called the comments “ridiculous” because it was natural for dolphins to pop their heads up in the air.  “No other country can build this bridge”  The longest sea bridge in the world was declared in Hong Kong. ” title=”China bridge at night” width=”700″ height=”467″/>
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Chan Kam-hong, Executive Director of the Association for Industrial Accident Victims, told Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) on Tuesday morning that the project had also resulted in a “very critical” number of accidents.
“We know so far that there were 11 workers who died at the construction site in the Hong Kong part [of the bridge] and nine workers who died on the mainland,” he said.
“It’s very difficult for us to compute the exact number of accidents because the government did not give us any means to get it.”
“This is a big project, but our view is that while it is a big and challenging project, it is not an acceptable reason to cause a greater number of accidents. “
Hong Kong-Macau Bridge Map (ABC News)
Despite the severe misunderstandings, Chinese state media and social media about the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge have been very positive.
A user with the nickname yuanshuizhiyuan commented on Weibo that “no other country in the world can [of building this bridge]”.
The bridge officially opened publicly at 9:00 AM (local time) on Wednesday after major delays and cost overruns.
The construction was suspended after 66-year-old Chu Yee-wah applied for a court trial of the project’s environmental impact report in Hong Kong’s Supreme Court in April 2011.
This resulted in an 18 month delay of the project originally scheduled to be completed in 2016 .
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