Hong Kong green groups fear bid to axe protection for porpoises could mean future environmental damage

Environmental groups have criticised a government decision to remove protections for vulnerable finless porpoises, allowing underwater cable installation near their main marine habitat during their most active season in Hong Kong.

The government is in the process of building a controversial HK$31 billion waste incinerator on a reclaimed island off the coast of Shek Kwu Chau, south of Lantau Island.

Nearby waters are important for the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise, which has been classed as …