Pei Yan and I are back on Labrador to check up on the seagrasses here as part of TeamSeagrass.
Alas, the weather turned ugly as soon as we arrived on the shore. We seem to get rain at Labrador, it was also very wet on our last monitoring trip in Nov 12.
Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) and one patch of Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) with Spoon seagrass (Halophila ovalis) nearer the high water mark, and nice long Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides).
It was good to see nice long Tape seagrasses, 50-60cm long as they
should be. Pei Yan did Site 3. Our sense is that things haven't changed much seagrass-wise
since our last Labrador monitoring in Nov 12.
Crunchy pom-pom red seaweeds on the shore seem to
be 'bleaching'. I'm not sure if this is a natural seasonal part of their
life cycle or a sign of some imbalance on the shore.
last trip in Nov 12 when we found a large long net.
Seacil project is still there.
Labrador has the last natural rocky shore in the South (we have natural
rocky shores in the North on Changi). It is very close to the massive
reclamation for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal. The shore was
also impacted by a huge trench dug into it (called a cofferdam) to relocate service pipelines to Pulau Bukom.
reclamation, dredging and other coastal works for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal which includes underwater blasting.
Hopefully, as the massive construction nearby comes to an end, the
seagrasses and other marine life at Labrador can return. It is only
through long-term monitoring that we can learn more about what is
happening on this shore.
Labrador shore and the jetty are now permanently closed to the public
due to safety issues. The natural cliffs along the shore are not very
stable. Thanks to Yuet Hsin of NParks for permission to monitor.
Check out Pei Yan's blog for more about our trip.