International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (Sat 21 Sep 2019): Registration for Organisers is open!

Greetings Organisers!

International Coastal Cleanup will be conducted around the world on Sat 21st Sep 2019

The International Coastal Cleanup is the annual data-gathering exercise held on the 3rd Saturday of September. It is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy globally and it has been conducted in Singapore since 1992. This year, the tides are suitable for us to conduct the exercise with the rest of the world on Saturday, 21st September 2019.

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Organisers, register here

Invitation to Organisers to register

We invite Organisers to register and indicate your preferred sites and dates.

The ICCS team will review applications in end-May, end-June and end-July. All sites have limits to participants based on terrain, size and impact. Sites are allocated based on the site difficulty level, the Organiser’s familiarity with the site, experience at managing cleanups, their volunteer’s age group and preparedness, and the date of your registration.

Organisers will be notified of the results by email.

Registrations will close at the end of July.

Workshops for Organisers in June and July

Workshops for Organisers and their assistants will be conducted by ICCS Zone Captains at NUS in July. These 2.5 hour workshops will provide Organisers with a grasp of marine life and marine trash issues globally and in Singapore, discuss the various steps in organising a coastal cleanup and allow Organisers to arrange for site recces with their zone captains.

Anyone who needs help in reviewing the site, conducting the safety assessment checklists must attend. While critical for new Organisers, the workshops can serve as a refresher for veterans who would contribute to the group discussions with peers.

The workshop registration options will be sent to registered Organisers in May. We will offer a sufficient number of sessions for all to attend.

Organising coastal cleanups on other dates, without data collection

If you are interested in conducting a year-round cleanup at other times of the year (without data collection), please examine the options listed at this page with several wonderful local groups: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/yearround/

Thank you for your interest in caring for the environment!

N. Sivasothi
Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg
c/o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

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Join us as volunteer educators at Festival of Biodiversity!

Come join us as educators at our outreach booth at this year’s Festival of Biodiversity! Using animal and trash specimens, we will be sharing with the public about Singapore’s marine life, issue of marine debris and what we as individuals can do to help combat the issue.

Every year, NParks and the Biodiversity Roundtable organise the Festival of Biodiversity to reach out to the community about the conservation of our wonderful natural heritage. This year, it will be held over the weekend of 25 and 26 May 2019 at the open space at HDB Hub Mall in Toa Payoh.

If you are keen to help us reach out to the many heartlanders and share about marine life and threat of marine debris, please join us by registering here and select the “Marine/ICCS & Marine Debris” option under stations you are interested in: https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2019
However, if you are interested in learning and sharing about Singapore’s terrestrial or mangrove biodiversity, do feel free to select the other stations listed in the form.

Details of the festival:
Date: 25 and 26 May 2019 (Sat and Sun)
Venue: HDB Hub Mall at Toa Payoh
Time: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm (each shift is 3.5 hours)
Compulsory training dates:
15 May 2019 (Wed): 7:00pm – 10:00pm OR
18 May 2019 (Sat): 9:00am – 12:00pm

Materials for all stations (terrestrial, mangrove, marine) will be covered in the same training session thus you will also get a chance to also learn more about other wildlife we have in Singapore and the threats they face.

Thank you for caring for the environment!

 

Call for Volunteer Zone Captains for ICCS (briefing on Wed 8th May 2019)

Dear friends,

We are assembling a new team to coordinate the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, the annual data-gathering exercise in September which involves some 3,500 volunteers led by more than 70 organisations who will fan out to sites all around Singapore to collect, categorise and dispose of marine trash.  

Our hardworking Volunteer Zone Captains conduct site recces, recce reports, lease with Organisers, site allocations, training workshops  and public education through roadshows. We are briefing interested individuals to explain the process and details of how we organise this annual data-gathering exercise on Wed 8th May 2019: 7pm – 9pm.

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible individuals who are keen to help coordination as Zone or Site Captains. For an idea of the commitment required, please see the tentative 2019 calendar.

Please sign up with this form by Friday 3rd May 2019 and we’ll get in touch!

All the best!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi aka Otterman
For the ICCS Otters
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Monitoring has ended for the NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme!

A big thank you to everyone who has helped out in the NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme! The monitoring programme which began in late 2017 ended in Feb 2019. With the help of volunteers, we achieved the primary objective of collecting year-round data about macro-debris and microplastics. This is a helpful complement to the ICCS dataset to address the marine debris issue in Singapore.

Locations of marine debris monitoring programme

 We are now deep in analysis with the dataset to identify seasonal trends, compositional variation and relative burdens on our shores. We have also begun stakeholder engagement workshops and will be pleased to welcome you to this sharing in the months ahead!

Once again, thank you very much for your kind support and for caring for the environment!

Jan 2019 sampling events for NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme – Last sampling sessions!

Are you concerned about marine trash and want to do more than just a cleanup? Then join us in the 2017–2019 NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme!

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Volunteers collecting macro-debris and microplastics samples from within square plots at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal beach

Join us in the upcoming sampling events for January 2019!
No prior experience is required, just your interest and attention to details and data accuracy! Briefing and sampling supplies would be provided. Please click on the registration link below for details.

  1. Lim Chu Kang Beach and Mangrove, 20 January 2019, Sunday, 2:30pm – 5:30pm: https://marinedebrissampling20jan2019.eventbrite.sg
  2. Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Beach, 27 January 2019, Sunday, 8:30am – 11:30am https://marinedebrissampling27jan2019.eventbrite.sg

As each study site is visited every two months and the monitoring programme ends in Feb 2019, this is the last sampling sessions for the site above. So join us this month if you haven’t before but wish to contribute to the study!

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Sieving muddy substrate with the help of some water at Lim Chu Kang mangrove

What is it about?
It is a citizen science programme that was recently initiated to engage volunteers, schools, and organizations with an interest to survey and collect data on marine debris found on Singapore’s beaches. Click on this link or the tab above to find out more!

What will we collect and why?
Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) will be collected from six sites every alternate month. These data collected would supplement the annual ICCS data and form the national baseline of marine debris for Singapore which would help inform marine debris management.

How can I get involved?
For individuals who are interested in participating in the data collection exercises, please sign up with this form to receive updates of monthly sampling events.

For more information on this programme, please contact Joleen at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg

Thank you for caring for the coastal and marine environment!

Nov 2018 sampling events for NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme – 2nd last sampling @ Lim Chu Kang mangrove!

Are you concerned about marine trash and want to do more than just a cleanup? Then join us in the 2017–2019 NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme!

Join us in the upcoming sampling events for November 2018!
No prior experience is required, just your interest and attention to details and data accuracy! Briefing and sampling supplies would be provided. Please click on the registration link below for details.

Lim Chu Kang Beach and Mangrove, 04 November 2018, Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:30pm: https://marinedebrissampling04nov2018.eventbrite.sg

As each study site is visited every two months and the monitoring programme ends in Feb 2019, this is the second last sampling session for Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove! So join us next month if you haven’t before but wish to contribute to the study!

What is it about?
It is a citizen science programme that was recently initiated to engage volunteers, schools, and organizations with an interest to survey and collect data on marine debris found on Singapore’s beaches. Click on this link or the tab above to find out more!

What will we collect and why?
Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) will be collected from six sites every alternate month. These data collected would supplement the annual ICCS data and form the national baseline of marine debris for Singapore which would help inform marine debris management.

How can I get involved?
For individuals who are interested in participating in the data collection exercises, please sign up with this form to receive updates of monthly sampling events.

For schools / organisations, sign up with this form for the programme with 20‒40 participants and you will be guided through the data collection exercise. A research sampling kit and cleanup supplies could be loaned as required

For more information on this programme, please contact Joleen at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg

Thank you for caring for the coastal and marine environment!

Job: Full-time Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (6 months; deadline 31 Oct 2018)

The Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris. The role involves mainly assistance in the marine debris monitoring programme, volunteer management and processing of microplastic samples.

The is a 6-month full-time position with monthly pay and remuneration depends on qualification.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in marine debris monitoring programme and workshops.
  • Laboratory-based work involving sorting and identifying of microplastics from sediments.

Job requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field.
  • Able to work on weekends to carry out marine debris monitoring programme.
  • Meticulous, responsible and careful with samples and data management.
  • Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail is essential.
  • Strong oral, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Any experience in sorting (e.g., macroinvertebrate) is desirable.

Desirable:

  • A good knowledge and experience in marine debris and microplastics.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Good at data management and experience with data analysis.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg by 31 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for the interview by mid–Nov 2018.