31 October 2019

Sea turtles, dolphins, sharks in Singapore waters (October 2019)

YES! Singapore got amazing marine life. The slew of sightings this month began with this awesome video of a sea turtle at Pulau Hantu on 13 Oct 2019. Thanks to TS Tan.
There was another sea turtle sighting at Labrador, while baby sea turtles hatched at the Sisters Islands Marine Park. Dolphins were sighted at West Coast and at Changi, and sharks were seen at the Sisters Islands Marine Park and at Pulau Jong! Here's more ...

09 October 2019

2 Nov (Sat): Calling all fishers!

The team from Natural Capital Singapore are doing a study on fishing in Singapore and would like to share the reasons why and how they are carrying out the study.
They would also like to learn more from those who fish on Singapore shores: why you fish, who you fish with, and what fishes you catch.

They are hosting a meet-and-greet session on 2 Nov (Sat) 11am at Singapore Sustainability Academy (City Square Mall).

If you are not planning to go fishing, please join them! Please share this event with your fishing kakis too.

The event is free. But please register so that they are able to cater appropriately. Use the QR code in the poster below or register at https://tinyurl.com/SingaporeAnglers

Date: 2 Nov (Sat)
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: Singapore Sustainability Academy, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, #06-10, Singapore 208539

02 September 2019

Terumbu Raya is amazing

A small team surveyed this submerged reef opposite Pulau Semakau at dawn. They saw amazing marine life!
I did not survey as I was helping the CODEFISH team to sample for marine fishes. Work on this continues even after the end of the Singapore Marine Fishes Expedition 2019 last month.

Here's some of the highlights of what the survey team saw.

01 September 2019

Labrador shore still alive

Labrador is our last natural mainland reef, located next to the massive Pasir Panjang container terminal and near petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
Living shores of Labrador
This morning, a small team found lush seagrass meadows with flowering seagrasses, and reefy areas with interesting marine life. Thanks to NParks for permission and for accompanying us on the survey!

31 August 2019

Amazing living reefs of Kusu Island

Minutes from the Central Business District are the living reefs of Kusu Island! We survey it well before dawn, with the lights of mainland Singapore on the horizon.
Living reefs of Kusu Island
The corals are doing well and seagrasses too! The rest of the team had awesome sightings: Giant clam, cone snails, moray eel, special stingray, feather stars and more. Unfortunately, I came across a large fish trap laid on living corals.

30 August 2019

East Coast Park is alive!

Well before dawn, a small team surveys the seagrasses and corals at East Coast Park.
Surveying East Coast Park
There are some impressive corals on this shore near the seawalls. On the horizon, the lights of the many large ships parked off the East Coast.
Boulder pore coral (Porites sp.)
Can we plan coastal works to allow reefs, mangroves and seagrasses to naturally regenerate? Naturalise canals leading to the sea for a continuum of freshwater wetlands to mangroves? Imagine what's possible! Reefs and natural marine ecosystems at our doorstep, for all in the City to enjoy.


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