Entries from February 2009

Carpet eel-blenny

Date February 23, 2009

This Carpet eel-blenny was spotted by diver Lam Pei Min on Sunday’s dive at Pulau Hantu. When first spotted it kept still and remained cautious but within a couple of seconds, it began sneaking its way around the rock where it found a hole in the reef. It stood there and gazed into the hole [...]

Blog Log! 22 February 2009

Date February 23, 2009

The first dive of 2009 was a cold one! At least underwater it was! Above sea level, the temperature out at Hantu was a scorching 35degC at noon! With a boat full of divers and a volunteer trainee (very exciting times indeed!) we got down to the depths to send our New Year greetings to [...]

Is a reef better than a barrage for the Severn?

Date February 13, 2009

Is a reef better than a barrage for the Severn? Peter Bunyard 10/02/2009 The Severn Estuary, earmarked as a potentially huge source of energy, has been met with increasing concerns over serious environmental damage. A report from 2008 by Frontier Economics found that justification for the Severn Barrage is slim – both economically speaking and [...]

The Ecologist Blog: The Carteret Islanders

Date February 13, 2009

BLOG: The Carteret Islanders Dan Box 12/02/2009 Lying off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Carteret Islands are slowly being engulfed by a rising sea. Follow Dan Box’s weekly blog as he journeys to meet the Carteret Islanders – the first people to be officially labelled as climate change refugees. On the morning of [...]

FOEI – International Biodiversity Photo Competition

Date February 10, 2009

Friends of the Earth International has launched its annual photo competition, which will gather photos from around the world on the theme of “Biodiversity Lost, Biodiversity Preserved”. The best shots will be featured in a series of materials we will launch in conjunction with the 2010 UN International Year of Biodiversity, including a calendar and [...]

Status of our Coral Reefs: After 40 years of policy and development

Date February 9, 2009

“Existing problems are broadly attributed to Climate Change. But what we are witnessing is the effect of over 40 years of inadequate and inefficient policy.” Dr. Chua Thia-Eng set the tone of the evening with that solemn statement, but quickly turned to lighten up the audience with the following graphic from The Economist: Dr. Chua [...]

Free Talk: A Night With Dr Richard Willan

Date February 3, 2009

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009 Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm Venue:  TBC Richard Willan will be in Singapore on the 14th of February 2009. Willan will share his experience of working with nudibranches and help us understand better the lives of these small and alluring creatures. For nudibranch fanatics in Singapore this a chance not to [...]

A Game of Cat and Fish:How to Restore the Balance in Sustainable Fisheries Management

Date February 3, 2009

A Game of Cat and Fish: How to Restore the Balance in Sustainable Fisheries Management BENJAMIN K. SOVACOOL Centre on Asia and Globalisation Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore Singapore Abstract: This article argues that continued reliance on input/output controls and restrictions in fisheries management may be insufficient to protect [...]

New ways to look at old stuff?

Date February 2, 2009

Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore will be hosting a seminar on marine molecular ecology entitled: New ways to look at old stuff? Investigating recently proposed molecular ecological diagnostics in marine mammals. Speaker: Glenn Dunshea PhD student, Antarctic Wildlife Research Unit, School of Zoology, University of Tasmania; Applied Marine Mammal Ecology, Australian Government [...]

Public Lecture and Launch of Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008

Date February 1, 2009

Southeast Asia Launch of the Report on the “Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008″ in conjunction with Public Lecture on “Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans: threats, opportunities and responsible governance” by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of [...]