13 May 2009

18 May (Mon): Talk on "Healthy Marine Life, Sustainable Seafood and You!"

"Can eat or not?" is a question I often get when doing guided walks on our shores. Indeed, many Singaporeans have an intimate love for the sea, as seafood!
Scylla as 'Chilli crab'For those of us who love the sea AND seafood, what can we do to make sustainable choices? Come listen to Katherine Short of WWF's global marine initiatives, as she gives this talk.

from the poster for the talk (also on the Blue Water Volunteers website)

Most of those who love the sea love seafood! Many who've never seen the sea still connect to it through what they eat and/or via cosmetic products or other ways marine products are used in our daily lives. The need for marine conservation and plight of marine life is gaining greater saliency but what can we do in our everyday lives to ensure the sustainability of the seafood we love to enjoy, and that many need to catch and eat for their livelihoods or sustenance?

WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature, has a regional programme in the 'Coral Triangle' area of South East Asia that is designed to support a significant new Coral Triangle Initiative by governments in the region. This talk will highlight some of the ways this initiative is contributing to marine conservation and how, in particular, market incentives in the form of ecolabels can contribute.

Katherine Short is a Manager supporting WWF's global marine initiatives and is excited to be back in Singapore having grown up here and had early tropical marine experiences in the region. Katherine says "it is both an honor and great fun to be supporting the development of marine conservation in South East Asia and especially in Singapore".

The talk is organised by WWF Singapore, Blue Water Volunteers and National Parks Board.

Please register with Ms Jane Lam at 63230100 (ext 20) or send an email to rsvp@wwf.sg by 12 noon on 18 May.

Time: 7pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre Level 1, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Website: http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org/events/

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