27 June 2016

Pesta Ubin 2016 Report

600 volunteers from 45 Organising Groups offered 60 activities catering for an estimated 6,000 participants over 5 weeks!
Fun for the whole family, at the Kampung Photo Booth
hosted by Uncle Lim at his shop at Ubin Town.
Photos by Mohammad Juhari.
Thanks to feedback and data from the Organising Groups, I did a report to help improve for the next Pesta Ubin! Please also send me your feedback! Here's some highlights:

The full report with Appendices is available on google docs http://tinyurl.com/PestaUbin2016report


Johor reclamation at Tanjung Piai gets go ahead

More massive reclamation to be expected in West Johor Strait as the Tanjung Piai reclamation project gets approval to go ahead?
From the Tanjung Piai
Integrated Petroleum and Petrochemical Hub website.
This is in addition to the massive Forest City reclamation already going on there.


25 June 2016

Mass coral bleaching at Pulau Tekukor

Mass coral bleaching is happening at Pulau Tekukor. This rocky shore doesn't have many corals. Our last visit here was at the beginning of the last mass coral bleaching in May 2010.
The survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 10% for sea anemones. I was glad to see lush patches of seagrasses, and the team saw a Fluted giant clam that was not bleaching. Alas, the team also came across a dead sea turtle.


24 June 2016

Mass coral bleaching at Beting Bemban Besar

Mass coral bleaching is happening at Beting Bemban Besar, our largest submerged reef.
The survey team estimates about 50% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 10% for sea anemones. I was delighted to see lush seagrass meadows in the middle of the submerged reef!


23 June 2016

Mass coral bleaching at Big Sisters Island

Mass coral bleaching is happening at Big Sister's Island. It's worse than what we saw at Little Sister's Island yesterday, but does not appear as bad as what we saw recently elsewhere.
The survey team asssess about 60% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 50% for leathery soft corals and 50% for sea anemones. Big Sister's Island has more corals in number and variety than Small Sister's Island.


22 June 2016

Mass coral bleaching on Small Sister's Island

Mass coral bleaching is happening at Small Sister's Island, but does not appear as bad as what we saw recently elsewhere.
The survey team asssess about 30% of the hard corals we saw were bleaching, 40% for leathery soft corals and 50% for sea anemones. But this reef does not have much corals on the intertidal to begin with.

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