23 May 2016

Wild fun for kids during the June school holidays!

Exciting nature activities specially for kids are lined up for the coming school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity! Come for the Chek Jawa Open House. Join night walks or nature camps, go kayaking with the kids, or enjoy art workshops.
Kampung Photo Booth for Pesta Ubin 2016
Kampung Fun for the whole family at Pesta Ubin!
Come for Pesta Ubin, Pulau Ubin Open House! Once a year only, many activities are free of charge! Some do NOT require registration. Simply come to Pulau Ubin and join the fun! Find a Pesta Ubin activity that suits your schedule and interest! Don't say Bo Jio!

16 May 2016

25 May (Wed): Talk on "Singapore's Mass Fish Deaths" by Ria Tan

Thanks to Olivia Choong of Green Drinks for arranging for me to speak for the first time in public about my encounters with mass fish deaths in Singapore.
Dead fishes at Lim Chu Kang Jetty, 7 Mar 2015
Mass fish death at Lim Chu Kang, Mar 2015
I hope to share my 7-year journey trying to understand the issues. My first encounter with mass fish deaths in Singapore was in 2009.
Dead farmed groupers on Pasir Ris beach, Dec 2009.
Many wild fishes also died.
In the last 7 years, I've done countless surveys and documentation of repeated mass fish death occurrences. I've also learned more about the issues from academics, agencies, volunteers. And yet, many questions remain.

I hope to hear from the audience. If you have ideas and insights on how we can stop mass fish deaths in the Johor Strait, please come for the discussion. I'm looking forward to it!

11 May 2016

Changi with long net

Scorching as Marcus and I survey the seagrass meadows of Changi during a good low tide that happens after sunrise.
Although the seagrasses are doing well, and teems with life, I feel there is a dwindling variety of marine life here.

10 May 2016

Reefy East Coast Park with seagrasses and mangroves too!

Corals, seagrasses and other marine life have settled on artificial shores at East Coast Park!
This morning, a small team checked out the corals that settled on the seawall that is only exposed at super low spring tide. We also explored the seagrass meadows here and saw mangroves had settled too!

09 May 2016

How are magical reefs of Sentosa Serapong doing?

Among the reefiest natural shores near the mainland is Sentosa Serapong. This shore lies opposite the Tanjung Pagar container terminal and just off Serapong Golf Club. With the kind permission and support of Sentosa and the Golf Club, we survey this shore once a year.
It was a relief to see that most of the corals we saw were not bleaching. And we encountered fascinating marine life such as anemonefishes and more.

Marine deaths in the Johor Straits (Mar - May 2016)

A dugong was found dead in West Johor Strait on 5 May. In Singapore, dead fishes and poor water quality have been observed sporadically in March-May 2016.
Photo from AsiaOne attributed to The Star.
Here's a compilation of some of these issues.


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