16 January 2017

Oil spill at East Johor Strait: YOUR sightings part 2

This weekend, lots of volunteers checked up on our northern shores to see how the oil spill impacted them. Among the most important, volunteers gently kayaked into the heart of Ubin mangroves to check up on the impact there.
Thanks to Ng Siak Juay, Victor Toh and Chan May Yen
with Phillip Lim's support for doing this kayak survey.
Minister Desmond Lee also shared some of what happened during the oil spill.




15 January 2017

Changi Creek after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at Changi Creek near the Changi Point Ferry Terminal
Changi Creek after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
In the area where few people go, oil still stains the seawall. Oiled booms have been left behind on the shore. Oil has coated the base of the few mangrove trees growing near the Ferry Terminal. There is still sheen on the water.


Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at the mangroves at Changi Creek.
Changi Creek mangroves after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Oil appears to have landed on a narrow band at a particular height. While the leaves of some saplings and lower leaves of trees were oiled, the base of the tree roots and the pencil roots (pneumatophores) appear unoiled.


Changi Beach after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at Changi Beach near Carpark 1 and 2.
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There were lots of people out on the beach. Families with kids playing in the sand and the water. Oil remains on stakes and bags on the beach that appear to be part of erosion control. Is the water really 'normal' already?


Changi seagrass meadows after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows the fuller extent of the impact on seagrass meadows near Changi Point Ferry Terminal.
Changi seagrass meadows after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
Oil and sheen is everywhere on a small seagrass meadow near Changi Point Ferry Terminal. The shore seemed a lot quieter than on my last trip here in Jul 2016.


14 January 2017

Pulau Hantu after chemical spill and other impacts

Pulau Hantu's shores were impacted by mass coral bleaching in mid-2016, barge grounding in Oct 2016 and last week, there was a chemical leak at Pulau Bukom that lies opposite Pulau Hantu.
Living shores of Pulau Hantu
This evening, we survey the shores to see how they are doing. We saw yellowing leaves on the mangrove trees growing on the island. But the reefs looked alright, seagrass patches had long Tape seagrasses and we didn't see signs of fish nets or traps.


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