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.