Today, a small team bravely attempt to remove a huge pile of abandoned driftnets on Pulau Ubin.
I first saw this pile of nets in November during the Mega Marine Survey there. The net looked freshly abandoned at that time. Fortunately, we could get together to remove it today.
Sea lettuce seaweed (Ulva sp.) which is quite normal for this time of the year. This seaweed accumulates in huge drifts everywhere on Ubin during a bloom.
Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwicki) but didn't have the typical green circled red eyes of this species.
Thanks to Hussain, Brandon, Jerome and Andy for removing the nets! We are very glad that Hussain will be looking at the data we have been collecting this past year. His research on this issue locally and globally will help us better understand and hopefully manage this heartbreaking issue on our shores.
This trip has been funded from the generous donation by Aardwolf Pestkare as part of their very kind project to feature wildsingapore photos on their 2012 calendar.
More about this trip on the wild shores of singapore blog.