Yesterday, I enjoyed a lovely dinner at the Semakau Landfill! It was my first time attending NEA's annual CEO Semakau Run.
With this event, NEA raised $280,000 to support environmental and charitable groups! A very large group of guests headed out to Semakau Landfill in two huge ferries. My first time, a life vest demo on the ferry. Safety was a big priority throughout the event.
Nature Society (Singapore) had set up a scope and showed everyone the Greatbill heron that was foraging on the Terumbu. NSS runs regular birdwatching and other nature walks on Pulau Semakau and the Landfill.
Sports Fishing Association of Singapore (SFAS) pointed out some new sticks that he noticed in the lagoon. Have they been set up by people who intend to string up fishing nets there? Oh dear. We must keep an eye on this. The SFAS conducts catch and release fishing at the Landfill and are just as concerned as we are about irresponsible use of driftnets.
biggest fish farm in Singapore that lies just off the seawalls of the Landfill.
Singapore Environment Council who had a great booth to showcase some of their latest efforts, some of which feature biodiversity issues. Great! I also caught up with Sean from NEA who shared some interesting nature sightings.
Magnificent sea anemones. Possibly taken on the northeastern side of the natural shores of Pulau Semakau!
the official opening. Among the first experiences I had of working on Semakau's wild places was during the Semakau survey in 2005. I then helped the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research start guided shore walks. It was exciting to set up TeamSeagrass monitoring on Semakau and to get involved in work for the book on Semakau written by Marcus Ng with Alicia. Semakau is also one of the sites for our Project Driftnet. There's a lot to do still for Pulau Semakau!
Earlier in the day, I was kindly invited to a briefing about exciting new plans at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It was great to catch up with everyone!
volunteer mobilisation during an oil spill. This is based on our experience during the May 2010 oil spill and we hope to be better prepared for the next one.
Mega Marine Survey, coming back from another interesting lab session at St. John's Island sorting out our many fascinating finds during our mudflat surveys. Rene already shared photos of their work on facebook! Thanks Rene!
massive reclamation works for the new Pasir Panjang Container Terminal. It's huge!