20 February 2017

Sisters Islands Marine Park in Parliament, what's next?

After Sisters Island, perhaps Chek Jawa, Sungei Buloh? For the first time, NParks was given jurisdiction over intertidal and subtidal areas at the Sisters Islands Marine Park!
The Sisters Islands Marine Park include waters around
the two Sisters' Islands, and western shores of
Pulau Tekukor and St. John's Island.
I celebrate this milestone, and hope the same can be extended at Nature Reserves such as Sungei Buloh and Labrador and important marine areas like Chek Jawa.

I am also heartened by Minister Desmond Lee's support to start close consultations with stakeholders on the future of our marine biodiversity.
Some of the volunteer guides and supporters of the Marine Park.
Photo by Richard Kuah.
If you love Singapore's shores, here's a chance to step up, speak up and make a difference!


13 February 2017

High on Big Sisters Island

An evening survey of Big Sisters Island, now part of the Sisters' Islands Marine Park.
Little Sisters Island from Big Sisters Island Jetty
Alas, the tidal predictions were way off and the waters didn't receed. It was also very windy, making photo taking a challenge. But I had a glimpse of some corals and marine life.


12 February 2017

Cyrene: seagrasses back, but no knobblies?

We're back on Cyrene Reef in glorious weather. It must have been drizzling or raining in the distance, because we saw a lovely rainbow!
Rainbow over Cyrene Reef
It was great to see the seagrasses coming back in the deep pool. But worrying that none of us saw the mass gathering of large Knobbly sea stars that Cyrene is well known for.


10 February 2017

Changi Creek one month after oil spill, with otter!

One month after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, signs of the oil spill remains at Changi Creek near the Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Oil stains on Changi Creek seawalls
There is some improvement compared to our last oil spill impact survey in Jan 2017, about two weeks after the oil spill. Although the band of oil stain is still clearly visible, I couldn't smell the oil from above the seawall. And we saw an otter!

Changi Creek mangroves one month after the oil spill

One month after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, there are few signs of the oil spill at the mangroves of Changi Creek.
Changi Creek mangroves
There is some improvement compared to our last oil spill impact survey in Jan 2017, about two weeks after the oil spill. I could no longer clearly see the narrow band of oil stains on the mangrove trees. But it was alarming to see one large mangrove tree had snapped at the trunk.


Changi Beach one month after the oil spill

One month after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, signs of the oil spill remains at Changi Beach near Carpark 3.
Oil-covered stakes at Changi Point
Things seem unchanged if not worse, compared to our last oil spill impact survey in Jan 2017, about two weeks after the oil spill. Attempts to deal with oiled stakes appear to have resulted in more debris on the shore.


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