- Hong Kong ban on trawling puts emphasis on aquaculture to meet growing demand for seafood
- Fish farms provide around 70% of fish to local wholesale markets
- Many fear the traditional fisherman's life will soon be a thing of the past
- High-tech indoor fish farm in Hong Kong provides new method of aquaculture
Hong Kong (CNN) -- For six mornings each week Hong Kong's Aberdeen fish market is one of the busiest places in an already hyperactive city.
Fishing boats unload their catch: still thrashing live fish caught in the South China Sea and more tropical waters further afield.
From the murky holding tanks they're soon dispatched in lorries to feed the city's hearty appetite for live seafood. Around 30 tons each day are landed at the Aberdeen market alone, according to the Hong Kong's Fish Marketing Organization, with six other live fish markets dotted across the territory.
But while the market continues to do brisk business, the livelihood of the city's fishermen has been in slow decline for years.
Mr Lee, fishman
"It's quite hard to do business now because there is not much supply," says fisherman Mr Lee, proudly holding up his prize catch, a grouper large enough to make a dining table groan.
"We now do one trip only, with little supply we cannot even out the cost. There is not much fish in the sea."
The specimen he was showing off came from thousands of miles away.