|The Sisters Islands Marine Park include waters around|
the two Sisters' Islands, and western shores of
Pulau Tekukor and St. John's Island.
I am also heartened by Minister Desmond Lee's support to start close consultations with stakeholders on the future of our marine biodiversity.
|Some of the volunteer guides and supporters of the Marine Park.|
Photo by Richard Kuah.
The intertidal and subtidal jurisdiction of the Sisters Islands Marine Park was clearly outlined in amendments to the Parks and Trees (Amendment) Bill which were adopted on 7 Feb. This is the first time NParks jurisdiction is clearly extended over a portion of the sea.
Unfortunately, NParks still does not have similar jurisdication over marine areas even for coastal Nature Reserves such as Sungei Buloh and Labrador, and important marine areas like Chek Jawa.
|Man seen laying a very long net in the middle of Chek Jawa|
lagoon in Feb 2013. We reported to NParks who said
the matter was forwarded to the Police Coast Guard.
"I applaud the Bill for the inclusion of "marine parks" in the Parks and Trees Act (PTA), giving NParks - for the first time - jurisdiction over the seas. This will provide the Sisters' Island Marine Park with greater protection against destructive behaviour. Madam, while I stand in support of the Bill, I would like to seek some clarification and also offer some suggestions.
|Two nets found laid across reef flats|
at Sisters Island in Oct 2011.
"The experience with the designation of "Chek Jawa Wetlands" in 2007 suggests that amendments to the PTA are necessary to allow NParks to fully enforce the PTA beyond the high water mark."
|200m net freshly laid at Chek Jawa, May 2016.|
|Accompanying NParks Notice 188.8.131.52 dated 24 Sep 2007|
Coordinates marked out in the sea, but has no force of law?
|Jetski and fishing in between Chek Jawa and Pulau Sekudu|
seen on 6 Jan 2008.
|Net at Changi with 40 crabs in May 2014.|
|Net laid at Labrador Nature Reserve on Nov 2012.|
You CAN make a difference!
The Sisters Islands Marine Park was one of the outcomes of the Blue Plan 2009 that was submitted by the marine community which included many ordinary people.
Minister Desmond has announced that NParks will soon be starting a Friends of the Sisters Islands Marine Park group, for people who care about our Marine Park and our marine life. So here's your chance to make a difference for Singapore's shores!
Senior Minister of State for National Development Mr Desmond Lee said in part (from From Hansard,) "The Bill will also enable NParks to make new subsidiary rules to regulate human activities in the Marine Park, in order to keep it as a sanctuary for marine life. For example, NParks can restrict diving and dropping of anchors at ecologically sensitive areas. Let me say upfront that because we are managing a marine park for the first time, we think it will be better for NParks to have the flexibility to enact subsidiary legislation governing marine parks. We will do so in close consultation with our marine conservation community and other relevant stakeholders, and continue to update and refine these rules as we gain experience."
Get the latest updates about the Sisters' Islands Marine Park from the facebook group, blog or on the NParks website.
Related links to the amendments to the Parks and Trees (Amendment) Bill
- Second Reading of the Parks and Trees (Amendment) Bill on 7 Feb, from Hansard
- The proposed amendments (pdf) on the Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments To The Parks and Trees Act
- Sisters’ Islands Marine Park to see more protections under amended law media articles 6 Feb 2017
- Forgotten sister of Chek Jawa gets protection Permits needed to visit Pulau Sekudu. 11 Mar 2008