Entries from July 2009

SE Asia pushes sustainable fishing pact

Date July 28, 2009

A statement yesterday of the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) said that the sub-ASEAN grouping, composed of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, is now finalizing the draft memorandum of agreement (MoA) crafted by the Philippine EAGA Working Group on Fisheries with the help of the German Technical Cooperation. Among others, the proposed framework [...]

El Niño expected to last through winter

Date July 28, 2009

NOAA scientists announced the arrival of El Niño, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather, ocean conditions and marine fisheries. El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months. NOAA expects this El Niño to [...]

Blog Log, 26 July 2009

Date July 27, 2009

Divers at Pulau Hantu enjoyed exceptional visibility today. Volunteer dive instructor Peimin said it’s the best it’s been since April! Sure am bummed I missed it once again. So here I am blogging vicariously (again) but feeling none less thrilled about what was spotted today on Hantu’s reefs! From shellfish to slugs, pipefish to seahorses [...]

Spotted at Changi Intertidal

Date July 24, 2009

Look what NParks officers spotted at Changi Intertidal this morning! Also known as the Estuarine seahorse, Hippocampus kuda is found mainly in seagrass areas near sources of freshwater. It is found all around Singapore in shallow waters. Unlike other seahorses in our waters, its body is without large, obvious spines. Colours seen include yellow, brown, [...]

Coral Triangle requires unique management style

Date July 9, 2009

While Australia remains committed to playing an ongoing role in assisting the six nations of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) to protect their marine environments, a leading scientist here says that an Australian-style of management in the triangle will not work. ”There is no single recipe for how to manage a reef well and the [...]

Blacktip reef shark caught at Pulau Hantu

Date July 1, 2009

Over the weekend, Hantu Blog divers were disappointed but curious at the baby blacktip reef shark that was fished out of the waters along Pulau Hantu’s reefs by a local recreational fisherman.

Blog Log, 27 June 2009 (Part 2)

Date July 1, 2009

This is the first time I’ve split a Blog Log into two. It was hard to decide which pictures to highlight and which to just leave in the gallery for you to explore on your own. I decided every critter plays an important part not just on the reef but their records are nearly all [...]

Blog Log, 27 June 2009 (Part 1)

Date July 1, 2009

Pulling into the shallow reef of Hantu this Sunday during the low tide required some careful maneuvering by our skipper. Thankfully, we had Hup Heng at the helm, who’s only been navigating local waters for the past several decades! As soon as we plunged into the water, Chay Hoon (above photo) looks to me and [...]