Jul 2016. It was a relief to see the seagrasses and corals here are alright. Although it was disturbing to see some oil blobs, and it seems many of the large coral colonies did not survive the mass bleaching event.
There were lots of fishes in the water. From lots of tiny fishes, to a butterflyfish and a filefish.
Jul 2016, there were not many hard corals on the intertidal and most were NOT bleaching. Today, most of the hard corals I saw were small Boulder pore corals. I also saw one small Merulind coral. They were all not bleaching. But from what the rest of the team saw, it appears that the large coral colonies at the reef edge did not survive the mass coral bleaching.
Small goniopora corals, and some small Disk corals.
Leathery soft corals. There were a few clumps of Button zoanthids, still not as abundant as they used to be in the past. And I saw one healthy Frilly sea anemone.
Tape seagrasses were nice and long. Although we did see some that were cropped short. There were also lush growths of Sickle seagrass closer to the seawall, but less on the western side of the jetty. But these were covered in ephiphytes. There were also patches of Spoon seagrass. While there was an assortment of seaweeds, there was no bloom of seaweeds on the shore.
permanently closed to the public due to safety issues. Labrador is Singapore's last natural cliff on the mainland. There is work ongoing now to stabilise the cliff. But the jetty is now open, with fishing only allowed at the furthest end of the jetty. More about what you can see and do at Labrador on the NParks website.
July 2015 when we noticed that the intertidal has become much sandier. The situation remained the same in Jul 2016 and also today. For years, next to Labrador, there has been massive reclamation, dredging and other coastal works 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.
|The cofferdam dug into Labrador shore in 2007.|
|These brown corals taken in July 2015 were mostly bleached today.|
It is only through long-term monitoring that we can learn more about what is happening on this shore. Thankfully, NParks is doing just that.
Thanks to NParks for permission to survey and for coming so early to be with us on our trip. Thank you!
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