As part of the cluster around Pulau Semakau, Pulau Jong has been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for Immediate Conservation Priority.
Shaped like a 'pau' (Chinese dumpling), the island sticks out above the high tide. But it has a massive reef flat that only emerges at low tide. This reef flat together with the domed island is said to resemble the silhouette of a Chinese sailing junk, and possibly how it got named 'Jong'. A beacon marks the extent of the reef flat for safe navigation.
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The Singapore Blue Plan 2018
Pulau Semakau and nearby islands and submerged reefs have been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for Immediate Conservation Priority.
The Blue Plan recommends the intertidal and subtidal marine areas of Pulau Semakau and adjacent Pulau Hantu, and Pulau Jong to be designated Marine Reserve.
The Blue Plan highlights that Pulau Semakau and its associated patch reefs comprise many ecosystems: coral reefs, mangrove areas, intertidal sandflats, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs. The subtidal area of Pulau Jong is larger than the terrestrial area. Pulau Hantu is a popular dive site has seen increasing interest in the past decade due to biodiversity awareness. If protection is accorded to these three islands, zonation plans for use can be implemented to manage tourism and human impacts.
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- Intertidal surveys of Pulau Jong.
This article is written for Celebrating Singapore Shores as part of International Year of the Reef 2018.