Sunday, May 8, 2016

30m net removed from Kusu Island (8 May 2016)

This is our first encounter with a net on Kusu Island.
The net was laid at the 'mouth' of a swimming lagoon that is full of corals. There are rich reefs at the mouth facing the sea as well.

Friday, May 6, 2016

200m net removed at Chek Jawa (7 May 2016)

A team of volunteers who were surveying Chek Jawa this morning came across a long net.
Thanks to many hands, we managed to remove the entire 200m long net and release all the animals that were trapped in the net.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Removal of long driftnet at Sisters’ Island Marine Park (26 Nov 2015)

A long abandoned driftnet, estimated 60m to100m was found across at the right hand corner entrance of the big lagoon located at Pulau Subar Laut (Big Sister Island) facing the Singapore Straits. This was first spotted during Marine Park volunteer guide training on 15 Nov 2015.

Although some leathery soft corals and corals were affected, no marine life was found trapped in the net.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Three nets kill blacktip reef sharks, fishes, crabs and more on Lazarus Island (16 Aug 2015)

On 16 Aug 2015, the St. John's Island Marine Lab posted on facebook: "This morning, we found 13 juvenile blacktip reef sharks and more than 30 crabs of various species caught in three drift nets at Lazarus Island. 
"Unfortunately, all sharks are dead and are now stored in our freezer awaiting to be passed to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Rene Ong and Samantha Tong did a good job in removing the nets and educating the people who laid them. Teresa Tay and Yen-ling Lee helped to disentangle the crabs and release them. Drift nets kill indiscriminately and damage the corals. Please fish responsibly so that we can enjoy nature sustainably." The news are almost immediately posted on the Straits Times.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Long driftnet at Berlayar Creek (24 Apr 2015)

During a survey of Berlayar Creek shore, we came across a long abandoned driftnet. It started from the sand bar facing Sentosa and stretched northwards to Reflections by the Bay.
Thanks to Toh Yuet Hsin and her team from NParks, the net was removed.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Nets and traps seen on Pulau Sekudu (13-15 Jun 2014)

A small team conduct predawn surveys at Pulau Sekudu with permission from NParks, to check up on the status of these shores.
Loh Kok Sheng shared that they came across this long net on 15 Jun.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

50m net with 40 crabs at Changi (29 May 2014)

A 50m driftnet was found laid on Changi as our trip ended at sunrise.
We removed the net and released all the animals trapped in it: 40 Flower crabs, 1 Stone crab, 1 sting ray, 1 horseshoe crab and 1 flounder as well as one decomposed fish.