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Government appoints Tennessy Lee as non-official chairman of trawl ban appeal board

Four other members were appointed.

According to a government release, the Fishermen Claims Appeal Board has been formed to process appeals regarding applications for an ex-gratia allowance and a one-off grant to be filed by trawler owners and local deckhands affected by the trawl ban.

The board is comprised of one non-official chairman and four non-official members. Tennessy Lee has been appointed the board chairman, and the non-official members are Nancy Chan, Cindi Hui, William Lee and Dr Paul Shin, who will hold their positions until work on all the appeal cases has been completed. Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man thanked them for accepting the appointments.

An Inter-departmental Working Group has been formed by the Government to handle matters relating to applications received from parties affected by the trawl ban. Applicants who are not satisfied with the decisions can lodge appeals to the board.

The ban of trawling in Hong Kong waters will come into operation on December 31.

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