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.

Jianlin Liu

Dayna Cheah

Kelvin Yong

Terumbu Raya is a submerged reef lies opposite Pulau Hantu and the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom, and is next to Pulau Semakau.

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.

DOWNLOAD the Plan, SUPPORT the Plan! More on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 site.

Other shore sightings during this series of low spring tides:

Meanwhile, Vincent Choo shares these sightings during public walks at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park.

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