during mass coral bleaching in 2016.
This is what I saw during mass coral bleaching here in 2016.
Flowery soft corals, Giant carpet anemones, Frilly anemones and corallimorphs I saw today were alright. I saw many zoanthids and only one small patch of Sea mat zoanthids was rather pale.
Merten's carpet anemone that we have seen before here. It was not bleaching.
Similar to our last survey here in Jul 2019, today I saw many scattered clumps of Tape seagrass and they all had longish leaf blades (about 30cm). During our last survey in Jun 2018, those I saw were mostly cropped short - hopefully this is a sign of a recovery? The rest of the team did a quick check on Terumbu Pempang Kecil nearby and there are still sprinkles of Spoon seagrass there.
9 Nov 2014. We checked for damage to Terumbu Hantu in Jan 2015 and again in Aug 2015.
|Photo by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.|
Fate of Terumbu Hantu?
Terumbu Hantu is one of the existing natural shores that may be impacted by the landuse plan by the Ministry of National Development released in Jan 2013 in response to the Populations White Paper with a 6.9 million population target. The dotted margined blue areas are "Possible Future Reclamation".
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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Photos by others on this survey
Surveys by others on other shores
Kok Sheng surveyed Tanah Merah/East Coast shore
Chay Hoon surveyed Changi
Vincent Choo surveyed Changi
Teo Say Chong surveyed Changi Point.