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Abandoned fishing nets kill whales, turtles in the Andamans

Date October 7, 2009

A “Bruda whale” died after it became entangled in a fishing net. According to Phuket reports, the animal was two or three months old, measured 4.5 metres, weighed 600 kilos and had deep cuts from the netting. Photo from Phuketwan News In Phuket, many turtles have been forced ashore this monsoon season. They are either […]

Jurong Island weighs options as land runs out

Date October 2, 2009

Choice between floating facilities, land reclamation to be made soon Ronnie Lim, Business Times 1 Oct 09; (SINGAPORE) Jurong Island is running out of land and Singapore will decide early next year on how to augment space at the oil and petrochemicals hub that houses biggies such as ExxonMobil and Shell. One option is to […]

Singaporeans feel government needs to invest more into arts, heritage, culture

Date October 2, 2009

Gladya Ow, Channel NewsAsia 30 Sep 09; SINGAPORE: Singaporeans feel that the government should pump more money into heritage and culture, than into sectors like tourism, IT and defence. Education topped the list, followed by investment in social welfare. This is according to a recent survey carried out by the National University of Singapore and […]

Corals at Keppel Bay

Date September 3, 2009

Ria Tan calls me at 4pm today and asks if I had any plans for the evening. I did, but I wanted to hear what exciting news she was bearing that couldn’t wait. Turns out, Francis Olsen, Chief Marina Officer at Marina at Keppel Bay, learned about what wonderful stuff there is in Singapore waters, […]

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 […]

Blind shrimp and shrimp Goby

Date June 29, 2009

Terribly tedious to get close to, the blind shimp tenaciously hawls loads of sand out of its burrow in Pulau Hantu’s reef slope as a Shrimp goby stands guard at the entrance. Shrimp gobies are extremely alert and skittish. With its tail, the goby signals to the shrimp if it is safe to some out. […]

Sustainable Island Programme to encourage sustainable tourism

Date May 21, 2009

The Sustainable Island Programme (SIP) 2009-2010 was approved by Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) on January 19, 2009, as a continuation of conservation efforts in 2008. A joint collaboration between Wild Asia (WA) and Reef Check Malaysia (RCM), SIP’s vision is to promote sustainable destinations and responsible island development between the private sector, local communities and […]

Asia-Pacific Nations Agree to Protect Reef Network

Date May 21, 2009

MANADO, Indonesia—Six Asia-Pacific countries agreed Friday on a wide-ranging plan to protect one of the world’s largest networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities. The agreement at the World Oceans Conference creates a voluntary management plan for an area defined as the Coral Triangle, […]

Blog Log! September 30!

Date October 1, 2007

Keeping my fingers crossed during the week seemed to work. Bright sunshine and great visibility meant first timers on our trip were lucky to experience Hantu at one of its best. Above, diver Lee Wen descends into the depths. Many on the first dive got to see lots of nudibranchs Reef Xplore guide Ming Sheng […]