The reef edge facing the Landfill seawall and the natural shores of Pulau Semakau is still reefy.
Magnificent anemones. These anemones form clumps of many individuals, apparently through division. So those with similar body colours are probably closely related. As usual, there were bright red, bright purple and white body colours. I also saw many Giant carpet anemones. I saw one Leathery anemone and the rest of the team did see the Merten's carpet anemone. In the area where the seagrasses used to be, I still found Fire anemones.
anemonefish that was not deeply embedded among the tentacles.
Acropora corals, Moon coral, Anchor corals, Mushroom corals, Lettuce corals, Brain corals and various plate-forming corals.
Galaxy coral growing right opposite the seawall of the Landfill.
Branching montipora which unfortunately was dead when we last saw it in May 2018. So it was nice to signs of a new 'field' starting to grow again near our landing point.
Asparagus flowery soft corals, and many large leathery soft corals of various kinds. I didn't see any that were bleaching, although a few Asparagus flowery soft corals were oddly coloured.
Blue-spotted stingrays - big and small. Trapped in pools, hovering near the reef edge. I also saw a lot of Diadema sea urchins. It's also seems to be Ribbon jellyfish season, with many seen washed up. I saw common crabs and flatworms and also the pulsing Xenia soft coral.
Jun 2022, Apr 2021 and Jul 2020 and May 2019. Although heavily covered with epiphytes, there was good cover of Spoon seagrasses in many of the pools in the middle of the reef flat. There were many clumps of Tape seagrass with longish leaf blades especially those growing nearer the reef edge. I saw many small clusters of Serrated ribbon seagrass that looked fresh and green.
June 2010. Let's hope the seagrasses will return soon!
Unfortunately Kelvin also spotted some signs of boat strikes, gouging holes in the middle of the reef flat or slicing into the edges. On the positive note, I didn't come across any fish traps or nets today.
|Photo by Kelvin Yong.|
What is the fate of Terumbu Semakau?
Terumbu Semakau lies next to the Semakau Landfill and close to the petrochemical plants on Pulau Bukom.
|Photo by Kelvin Yong|
Terumbu Semakau and Pulau Jong will be impacted by the "Possible Future Reclamation" as outlined in the Long-Term Plan Review.
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 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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Others on this survey
Kelvin Yong's drone views
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