Monday, November 6, 2017

Abandoned net at Chek Jawa (5 Nov 2017)

A small team came across an abandoned net on Chek Jawa during a routine survey.

The net was too large to remove for the small team. So it was left behind after documenting what was trapped. The presence of the net was reported to Ubin NParks on the same day. We hope they can arrange the removal of the net.

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.

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.