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.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

30m net removed from Kusu Island (8 May 2016)

This is our first encounter with a net on Kusu Island.
The net was laid at the 'mouth' of a swimming lagoon that is full of corals. There are rich reefs at the mouth facing the sea as well.

Friday, May 6, 2016

200m net removed at Chek Jawa (7 May 2016)

A team of volunteers who were surveying Chek Jawa this morning came across a long net.
Thanks to many hands, we managed to remove the entire 200m long net and release all the animals that were trapped in the net.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Removal of long driftnet at Sisters’ Island Marine Park (26 Nov 2015)

A long abandoned driftnet, estimated 60m to100m was found across at the right hand corner entrance of the big lagoon located at Pulau Subar Laut (Big Sister Island) facing the Singapore Straits. This was first spotted during Marine Park volunteer guide training on 15 Nov 2015.

Although some leathery soft corals and corals were affected, no marine life was found trapped in the net.


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.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Long driftnet at Berlayar Creek (24 Apr 2015)

During a survey of Berlayar Creek shore, we came across a long abandoned driftnet. It started from the sand bar facing Sentosa and stretched northwards to Reflections by the Bay.
Thanks to Toh Yuet Hsin and her team from NParks, the net was removed.