Seagrass monitoring @ Pulau Semakau

Another back-dated post:/

We gathered at Marina South pier early in the morning (22 May), before daybreak. I shared a cab with Chun Fong and Marcus, but he ended up having a bad stomachache and was unable to join us :/ So all that early morning and cab fare for nothing…

Chatted with some new faces on the boat ride there, Sue and Siti (if I remember correctly :/). I often see many new people now, which is a good sign I suppose! People are more aware of seagrasses and the importance of monitoring them (:

When we arrived, it was really dreary and gloomy.

Cloudy morning

We did our early morning exercise walking to the entry point cos it was too early.

Morning exercise (:

Ominous looking clouds

The Halfway Tree

The Halfway Tree brings joy to all (: halfway there!

When we finally arrive on shore, Siti gives her briefing.

On the way to the site, there were a number of crab traps laid out on the ground.

Some had crabs trapped in them.

Because we were fairly short-handed, I did one transect on my own at Site 2. The stake for transect 3 seemed to have gone awol, so we spent some time trying to determine the location of transect 3.

Didn’t take too long to do it, tide was fairly low and there was only 3 species on my transect, Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides), Cymodocea serrulata and Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii), mostly dominated by Tape seagrass.

Spent some time walking around on shore, but didn’t go all the way out to the reef edge. Didn’t spot much, but I did see a huge net that Andy was trying to move out of the way.

Project Driftnet removed the net yesterday, but I didn’t go down with them.

There was another huge net that stretched across the whole of Site 2 and also some part of Site 3.

Quite sad that Singapore doesn’t have a marine park, despite the amazing marine biodiversity we have. But anyway the whole Singapore system thing also screws everything up, with all the jurisdiction and stat boards. Like Pulau Semakau is under NEA (National Environment Agency) but all land (including reefs) is under SLA (Singapore Land Authority) but NParks (National Parks Board) is supposed to be in charge of biodiversity and dunno what else lah. Typical Singaporean government reaction.

But that’s a whole separate discussion altogether, which I’m not gonna dwell upon in this post.

😦 that I can’t go for the next Team Seagrass monitoring which is at Cyrene Reef!

About Jocelyne Sze

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
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