MPA partners group on 3-year campaign to protect Singapore’s marine ecosystem

12-Jun-2019 Intellasia | Yahoo News Singapore | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and community initiative Our Singapore Reefs (OSR) have teamed up on a three-year collaboration to promote the importance of Singapore’s marine biodiversity.

Underwater clean-up activities and public outreach events will be organised annually as part of the partnership, said the MPA and OSR in a joint release on Sunday (9 June).

To kickstart the collaboration, an underwater clean-up exercise involving about 20 volunteer divers was organised in the waters around Lazarus Island on Sunday morning. A talk on marine conservation was later held for about 80 participants at the Singapore Maritime Gallery in the afternoon.

A total of 166 pieces of debris weighing 77kg were removed during the exercise, according to a Facebook post by the OSR on the same day. These included two fish traps, one boat battery, bicycle parts, and a shopping trolley.

“In addition, there were lots of fishing lines and nets stuck on the reef, a small abandoned crab trap that trapped a distressed blue spotted sting ray,” said the OSR.

“Three large rubber tyres still remain in the water but we will find a way to remove them soon.”

The data gathered on the types, sources and location of marine debris collected will be compiled and reported to Project AWARE, a registered non-profit organisation working with volunteer scuba divers, said the joint release.

It will be added to a global database under the organisation’s flagship Dive Against Debris programme to support efforts to improve solid waste management around the world.

“Marine debris not only has a detrimental impact on our marine ecosystem and life, it is also potentially hazardous to navigational safety in our busy port waters,” said the MPA’s chief executive Quah Ley Hoon.

The joint exercise complements the MPA’s efforts to protect the marine environment including Clean-Up on Kayak, where Singaporean volunteers meet every quarter to help remove marine debris.


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