20 February 2012

Exciting seashore programmes at Sungai Pulai, Johor

There are marvellous seagrass meadows, rocky shores, mangroves and more at Sungai Pulai. Just across the Johor Strait, opposite Singapore's Tuas shores, the Sungai Pulai estuary is "possibly the richest marine bio-diversity spot in Malaysia" and has been gazetted a Wetland of International Importance in 2003.
A tagged seahorse from the SOS website
These shores are looked after by the Save Our Seahorses team. And they have just announced more exciting seashore programmes for 2012.

The SOS programme, of course, includes tagging seahorses and their relatives, the pipefishes.
Seahorses live in seagrasses, so there is also seagrass monitoring.
They also do surveys of the rocky shore on Pulau Merambong which lies at the mouth of Pulai River.
And a special Parents & Kids program for kids, accompanied by their parents, to enjoy hands-on marine education under the guidance of experienced marine educators.
The mangroves and wetlands in the area is a Ramsar Site so there's a Ramsar Tour to showcase some of the marvellous wildlife there.
More about the available slots for the various programmes on their website.

More about Sungei Pulai
The area is already going to be impacted by plans to develop a massive petrochemical installation there. Sungai Pulai is one of the three Ramsar sites in Malaysia, that lies just across from Tuas in Singapore. These wetlands are connect to Singapore wetlands and in fact, the Sungei Buloh Master Plan includes a study to develop a cross-border tourist attraction involving Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and three Johor Ramsar sites of Sungai Pulai, Pulau Kukup and Tanjong Piai.

Save our Seahorses is a non-profit organization committed to saving the seahorse and the Pulai River Estuary in Malaysia. SOS comprises a group of young scientists, students, public volunteers and local fishing communities. Among their recent projects is a new seashore guidebook for Sungai Pulai.

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