28 November 2023

Technical studies into 'Long Island' off East Coast to begin

Singapore to start technical studies into 800ha 'Long Island' off East Coast. 
Submit your feedback and sign up for engagement sessions here (from  Long Island project at https://go.gov.sg/Long-Island)

The government will be carrying out technical studies over the next five years to explore the feasibility of Long Island. At the same time, the authorities will also be engaging the public on plans for Long Island. After technical studies are completed, the authorities will engage the public on the design and masterplan for Long Island.

30 October 2023

Semakau (South) is alive

On a rare evening low tide, we survey the living shores next to the Landfill at Pulau Semakau South. 
Living shores of Pulau Semakau (South), Oct 2023
Here, there are corals, seagrasses and mangroves which seem to be hanging on. We narrowly escaped a lightning storm at the end of our survey and got back on the boat just in time.

03 September 2023

Sharks at Semakau!

There is a rich reef on the northern corner of Pulau Semakau near Pulau Hantu and Pulau Bukom. 
Kelvin gives us a new perspective of the shore from a drone! The survey team saw lots of sharks, giant clams, 'Nemos', tiny sea horse and other amazing marine life. The corals seem to be doing well, but the seagrasses have not recovered.

01 September 2023

Splendid Kusu Island

There is a rich reef edge on Kusu Island facing the Central Business District! It only takes a few minutes by fast boat to reach. 
A collage of photos shared by the team.
Links to their albums below.
Here, the survey team saw delicate Plate montipora coralsAcropora coralsBoulder horn coral as well as many other commonly seen corals.

31 August 2023

St John's Island still lively

A short boat ride from the Central Business District on the main island of Singapore, are the amazing living shores of St John's Island. Here, there are living rocky shores, reefs, seagrass meadows. 
A collage of photos shared by the team.
Links to their albums below.
The untouched western shore is part of the Sisters Islands Marine Park.  The team saw lots of small Diadema sea urchins, and small Arabian cowries. Always good to know that a shore is hospitable to young animals.

06 August 2023

Terumbu Bemban hanging on

This submerged reef flat is the closest to the Live Firing Area, and one of our favourite sites.
Living reefs of Terumbu Bemban, Aug 2023
There doesn't seem to be a recovery from the decline we noticed in the reefiest part on our last survey in Apr 2022. But there remains many corals here. The rest of the team spotted a Giant clam and other interesting marine life. While Kelvin flew the drone and got footage of a shark hunting in the shallows. 


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