Be a part of the NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme!

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Are you concern 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!

What is it about?
It is a citizen science programme that is 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 nine sites every month. These data collected would provide recommendations to decision-making by forming the national baseline of marine debris for Singapore and supplementing the annual ICCS data.

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 / organisation, sign up with this form for the programme with 20‒60 participants and you will be guided through the data collection exercise. A research sampling kit and cleanup supplies could be loaned as required.

Join us in the upcoming sampling events!
No prior experience is required, just your interest! Briefing and sampling supplies would be provided.

  1. Beach at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on 25 Nov 2017 (Sat) 8:30am – 11:30am: https://marinedebrissampling25nov2017.eventbrite.sg
  2. Changi Beach, Carpark 6 on 29 Nov 2017 (Wed) 8:30am – 11:30am: https://marinedebrissampling29nov2017.eventbrite.sg
  3. East Coast Park Area C on 30 Nov 2017 (Thu) 8:30am – 11:30am: https://marinedebrissampling30nov2017.eventbrite.sg
  4. Coney Island, Beach A on 02 Dec 2017 (Sat) 3:00pm – 6:00pm: https://marinedebrissampling02dec2017.eventbrite.sg

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

Thank you for caring for the coastal marine environment!

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Join us for a trial sampling of the NUS–NParks marine debris monitoring programme @ East Coast Park

Join us in a trial sampling of marine trash for the NUS–NParks marine debris research project at East Coast Park Area H, opposite National Service and Resort Country Club on 11 Nov 2017 (Sat), 8:30am – 11:00am!

Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) would be collected from 20 quadrats (2.5 m by 2.5 m) in a simple and systematic manner. Supplies such as trash bags, sieves and gloves would be provided. Your participation would help us improve our sampling method which would be used to establish the baseline data of marine trash in Singapore.

For more details and to sign up, visit the Eventbrite registration page!

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Itinerary:

  • 8.30am (15 min) – Safety and procedure briefing. Apply insect repellent, and distribution of gloves and trash bags.
  • 8.45am (60 min) – Set up quadrats and begin macro-debris collection.
  • 9.45am (40 – 60 min) – End of macro-debris sampling; Distribute sieves and begin sampling of microplastics / Categorisation, counting and data recording of macro-debris.
  • 10.45am (15 min) – End of microplastics sampling and data recording; Transport of trash bags to Trash Disposal Point; Debrief
  • 11.00am – End of event

Things to note:

  1. Cleanup supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and weighing scales will be provided.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to protect your feet from hazards, else you won’t be able to participate in the sampling. Slippers and sandals are not allowed.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites.
  5. We will continue the sampling in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.

Things to bring:

  1. Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
  2. Hat, sun block and/or insect repellent
  3. Reusable raincoat/poncho (we will work in light rain)
  4. Change of clothes for public transpor

Be prepared:

  1. Sleep early the night before
  2. Have a decent breakfast – It’s hard work!
  3. Be punctual as the tide waits for no one!
  4. Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the sampling exercise!

Thank you for your interest and see you on the beach!

 

Thu 19 Oct 2017: 1.00pm – TMSI Workshop Invitation: “Plastic Oceans” @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory

Thu 19 Oct 2017 – “Plastics Oceans” workshop invitation @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory. Sign up to attend here: http://tinyurl.com/tmsi-marineplastics. Transport by boat provided.

You can read the abstracts at the workshop home page at http://sjinml.nus.edu.sg/workshop-invitation-plastic-oceans/.

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3,500 volunteers from 80 organisations tackle marine trash as part of the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore

16 Sep 2017 – today, the third Saturday of September, is the official day of the International Coastal Cleanup and volunteers around the world are heading out to their shores, as the sun rises, to battle marine trash. In this three decades old citizen science exercise, volunteers collect, categorise and count trash before disposal in the effort to protect marine life.

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This year, some 3,500 volunteers have registered through 80 organisations for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. It is conducted mostly on the 8th and 23rd of September (less than 1.0m at 8am) in order to ensure the most effective cleanups during the maximal exposure of the low spring tides.

Data from the first batch of cleanups last week submitted by Organisers were published this morning at the ICCS webpage at coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/results/2017.

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Now we look forward to a fruitful exercise on the 23rd of September 2017. If you would like to be part of the action, join ICCS Dy Coordinator Airani S at Changi Beach for Young Parents–ICCS beach cleanup – all are welcome, young and old, just click the image below!

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Volunteer opportunity for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (Jul – Aug 2017)

We are looking for volunteers to assist us in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris for Singapore. The role mainly involves testing data collection methods for marine debris from spot locations on several beaches on mainland Singapore.

You can join us if you are:

  • Able to commit on weekday mornings and available on the 4th week of July and the first and second weeks of August 2017.
  • Passionate for the environment and issue of marine trash.
  • Meticulous, and highly organized.
  • Comfortable with working outdoors.

 To sign up for the volunteer opportunity, please fill up this form and we will contact you shortly.

For any enquiries, please contact Joleen Chan (dbsjoch@nus.edu.sg)

 

Celebrate National Day with a Coastal Cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang East (Sat 05 Aug 2017)

Every year, volunteers with the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) celebrate National Day with a coastal cleanup @ Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove. This year we will be working @ Lim Chu Kang East on Saturday 5th Aug 2017: 8.00am – 10.30am.

To join us, Sign up here by 1st August 2017! (Indicate if you need transport by selecting the right ticket type)
Transport will be provided from Kranji MRT to the cleanup site @ Lim Chu Kang East.9486212038_7f04cca62c_k

Why do we conduct coastal cleanups? Habitats along Singapore’s coastlines host an amazing biodiversity and trash present in these areas impact our wildlife adversely and devalue the natural beauty of the landscape. Coastal cleanups conducted by volunteers around the world remove this trash, raise awareness about the impact of marine trash, and motivate us to work towards solutions including sustainable daily practises.

Lim Chu Kang East is an unprotected but precious patch of wetland, located in the northwest of Singapore. Incoming trash from the Johor Straits is regularly deposited on the shoreline and impacts the animals, plants and the organisms of the ecosystem there.

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Meeting Point: Participants can meet at the bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139) and will be transported to the cleanup site at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9, or meet us at the venue itself.

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Itinerary 

  • 07.45am – Bus pick up at bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)
  • 08.15am – Bus arrives at the Lim Chu Kang Lane 9. Apply insect repellant, collect gloves and trash bags. Safety and procedure briefing.
  • 08.30am – Cleanup begins
  • 09.45am – End of cleanup; transport trash bags to Trash Collection Points.
  • 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trash Disposal Point; debrief.
  • 10.15am – Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area and your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some water.
  • 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang East, gloves, trash bags and weighing scales are provided.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to to protect your feet from hazards, else you will not be allowed to work in the area.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
  5. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites.
  6. We will continue the cleanup in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.

Things to bring:

  1. Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
  2. Hat and/ or sun block
  3. Reusable raincoat / poncho (we will work in light rain)
  4. Towel to wipe off sand and mud
  5. Change of clothes for public transport.

Be prepared:

  1. Sleep early the night before
  2. Have a decent breakfast – it’s hard work!
  3. Be punctual – the bus is unable to wait for latecomers; and the tide waits for no one!
  4. Refer to this recce report of Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove.
  5. Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!

Thank you for caring for our planet!

ICCS @ Nan Hua Primary School’s EarthFest 2017: Learning about marine life and marine trash

25 May 2017 (Thursday) – ICCS was invited to set up a booth at Nan Hua Primary School’s EarthFest event, where various activities, talks and booths were arranged to nurture a strong pro-environment mindset and green culture amongst students. Other NGOs there included the Restroom Association and Cat Welfare Society and a parent volunteer group prepared creative upcycling craft activities for students.

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ICCS volunteers Jia Hui, Delia, Sakinah and Tina all set and ready to engage and inspire young minds!

We were glad to be joined by eight students from the Raffles Girls’ School’s Project Atlantis who crafted puzzles and games for the Nan Hua Primary students to learn about marine trash in a fun and engaging way!

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ICCS volunteers (left) and students of the Raffles Girls’ School’s Project Atlantis (right) joined forces in spreading the message about the problem of marine trash!

A “feast” of educational materials were prepared for the ICCS outreach booth to share with approximately 1,600 students about Singapore’s marine life, impacts of marine trash and what we can do to help solve the problem. In addition to ICCS posters and photos of animals affected by trash, we equipped ourselves with specimens of marine life, a “Spot the Trash” activity card, as well as actual marine trash items collected from East Coast Park.

We exhausted ourselves by speaking continuously for three hours, but raising awareness of marine trash to a attentive young audience was rewarding. It was encouraging for ICCS volunteers to learn how much the students knew about the importance of disposing trash properly and the need to protect the marine environment at an early age.

A great big thank you to the ICCS volunteers Chen Jia Hui, Delia Quek, Quek Xiao Tong, Sakinah Nazihah Roslan, and Tina Liow for lending us a hand at the booth!

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Sakinah guiding students to find and count trash in the “Spot the Trash” activity card!

Left: Tina sharing with curious students about the horseshoe crabs found in Singapore!

Right: Xiao Tong sharing with students about the impact of marine trash on Singapore’s wildlife using photographs of animals ingesting trash or being entangled in fishing nets.

It was heartening to witness the amount of effort put in by the teachers and parent volunteer group in dedicating time and resources to organise such a meaningful festival for the students. As the fate of today’s environmental problems lies in the hands of future generations to come, we hope more schools will cultivate an environment-conscious attitude in students and inspire them to be stewards of the environment!