Friday, October 20, 2017

Abandoned nets on Pulau Semakau (18 Oct 2017)

It was a hot and crispy day with temperature soaring to 35 degrees. After 3 months, we are back on this stretch of the shore for a site survey looking out for abandoned nets and collecting data helping to understand the impacts of abandoned nets affecting our shores.
We had a team of dedicated volunteers who helped out in this project.  As soon as we reached and disembarked onto Pulau Semakau, we divided the group into 2 groups, each covering the different area of the shore. One group who combed the mangrove area found nets entangled with roots of mangrove trees.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lim
As the team proceeds further, there were some remains of floats from driftnets being either tied onto the mangrove tree.
The ropes were very tightly tied onto the mangrove trees which caused deep cut marks onto the branches of the trees. It took some time to untie the ropes.
Besides looking out for abandoned nets, the team also helped to remove the plastic that was caught among the branches of the trees.
On the high shore, some team members found some monofilament nets together with some nylon rope nets. Unfortunately, we did not manage to measure their length as they are all entangled.
The second group was checking out on the high shore, they chanced upon 2 huge pile of abandoned nets that was last seen back on July 17.  With some luck, the group manages to find the pile of nets at the same location. This round only one pile was seen. Although this trip tide was higher we still did not manage to remove the net as the coast is rather shallow and the dinghy was unable to come close to shore. We need a very much higher tide but not sure if the nets will still be here the next trip.  Below is a picture that was taken the last trip and it requires at least 3 people to carry.
Group 2 saw more nylon rope nets on the high shores and were busy removing them.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lim
More nets were discovered throughout the trip.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lim
During the trip besides removing nets, the team also removed many ropes that were entangled with roots of mangrove trees, no idea where did the ropes come from?
The good news is throughout the trip, no marine creatures were trapped in the nets collected. Thanks to all volunteers who have sacrificed their time on a public holiday to help out in this project. Let's hope there will be fewer nets to be clear the next visit.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Abandoned nets at Pulau Ubin (26 Aug 2017)

26 Aug 2017 - With Nature Society Singapore and Restore Ubin Mangrove Initiative. Volunteers helped in coastal cleanup and removal of leftover nets.  Some nets were found entangled with the roots of mangrove trees. Abandoned nets have always been a known issue for this area (Kampong Durian).
As the team combed along the coast, more nets were found. It was not easy to remove the nets, as some the nets were trapped among the rocks. Nevertheless, this did not hamper the team's effort to slowly remove the nets. Here's more on the operations that took place.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Abandoned nets on Pulau Semakau (1 Jul 2017)

Recently, a team of volunteers together with a few staff from Nparks did a site survey on Pulau Semakau for abandoned nets and collecting data on the net together with what is trapped in it.

The team split into 2 groups, each group helping to comb different sectors of the shore. One group who combed the mangrove areas found a few nets entangled with the mangroves roots.  One of the longest net found was about 25m in length. A horseshoe crab was rescued from it. Here's more on the operations that took place.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Huge abandoned net at Kranji (10 Mar 2017)

A huge net was abandoned wrapped around a mangrove tree at Kranji.
Removing an abandoned fish net at Kranji
The supergals -- Ywee Chieh and Su -- easily removed it. Fortunately, one small Mangrove horseshoe crab was released and we only saw remains of another horseshoe crab and one small crab.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

600m fishing net seen on Pulau Semakau (South), 28 Jan 2017

An approximately 600m-long fishing net was seen on Pulau Semakau (South) close to the Barammundi Asia fish farm there.
600m long fishing net laid at Pulau Semakau (South) Jan 2017
Here's more of what we saw.

Update: Eva Lim who works at Barramundi Asia almost immediately replied on the social media post about the net: "what you posted was indeed heartbreaking. We will like to work with your team to remove these nets, and perhaps help to monitor the area together to prevent fishermen from casting nets in this area." She will be looking to activate the farm team to remove the net, and keep an eye out to prevent such nets from being laid in the future. Hurray!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Net removed from Berlayar Creek (12 Jan 2017)

An abandoned net was removed from the mouth of Berlayar Creek.
Coastal horseshoe crab (Tachypleus gigas) trapped in abandoned fish net at Berlayar Creek
Two large horseshoe crabs that were trapped in it were released alive.

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.