People and bivalves interact in all kinds of ways. Bivalves are food and produce pretty things like pearls that support communities, while people in turn can mess up bivalves and the environment.
Bivalve Workshop, I learnt more about the efforts to understand these issues and the importance of bivalve identification in properly managing them.
Although tiny and immobile, some bivalves travel thousands of kilometers to places where they ought not to be. Through the ballast water carried by huge ships, and on the encrustations on boats of all kinds. Settling on new shores, they are often unnoticed until they cause problems for people, whereupon they are considered invasive aliens. In Singapore, there are few identified introduced marine species. Is this real or because we don't know enough about our native marine life?
Tropical Marine Science Institute shared this and other many complex issues surrounding invasive bivalves around the world, during his last lecture in the Introduction to Tropical Bivalves Workshop. Identification of the alien bivalves is important and particularly tricky because a global view is necessary. Here's more about invasive aliens in Singapore.
survey of bivalves sold at Giant supermarket the day before.
Giant Clam Girl) and Kareen also enthralled with presentations about their work on Giant clams. Mei Lin shared more about these awesome animals and why it is important to reintroduce them to our reefs.
Mei Lin has done lots of work on Giant clams, finding out more about their social and natural history in Singapore, surveying for them on our shores and finding out more about their ecology and biology. Sadly, although we still have many Giant clams, they are now very sparse and probably can't mate effectively to produce babies to settle on our reefs. This is why Mei Lin's and Kareen's work to raise baby clams and return them to our reefs is so exciting.
Sisters Island, Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Beting Bemban Besar, Terumbu Bemban and Terumbu Semakau.
Mega Marine Survey.
Durian sea cucumber (Stichopus horrens) my first time seeing it on St. John's Island!
sightings of marine mammals in Singapore.