It's wonderful to see the seagrasses in the artificial lagoon at Seringat-Kias are still doing well. Although we saw signs of a recent oil spill, which probably explains why the meadows were rather quiet today.
Seringat-Kias was created by reclaiming the submerged reefs of Seringat and Kias. One of the touted features on this island is the C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon. Here's more about what was done to create Seringat-Kias. There's marine life on the artificial shore as well as on the natural shores of Lazarus Island.
Smooth ribbon seagrass on the low water mark. With dense coverage of Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass on the higher shore.
Noodle seagrass sprinkled with some Tape seagrass.
Jan 2019. Like Common sea stars, sea cucumbers, carpet anemones and slugs.
Bazillion snails with sprinkles of Dubious nerites, Moon snails with their sand collars, Gong gong snails and Black lipped conch. I saw one Spotted moon snail, one Olive snail and a few Fan shell clams.
Knobbly sea star in the lagoon but I didn't see any other echinoderms. On the other side of the island facing St John's though, I saw a live Thick-edged sand dollar (and many dead ones), one Common sea star and a White-rumped sea cucumber.
Asparagus soft coral, small Leathery soft corals and some healthy hard corals, mostly Merulinids. On the rocky area at the low water mark there were more hard corals including some well formed plate corals.
Giant carpet anemones, while on the short sandy stretch, there were several Haddon's carpet anemones with Peacock-tail anemone shrimps.
Jewelled chitons were crammed into the crevices just above the mid-water mark!
The future of Lazarus and Seringat-Kias?
The cluster of Kusu, Lazarus and St. John's Islands has been recommended by the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 for elevated protection status.
The Blue Plan highlights that Lazarus, St. John’s, and Kusu Islands are established sites for coral nurseries as their shoreline offers ideal sheltered areas for growth of corals. Designating these islands as No-fishing Areas can bolster their rehabilitation. Protecting a larger cluster of islands means zonation plans for use can be implemented to manage tourism and human impacts.
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Photos by others on this trip