Beach Results out!

See the full data set for beaches on the ICCS Webpage. Mangrove results (still pending one site) were up earlier. Overall results and comparison will follow later.

Total number of volunteers: 2,351
Total number of volunteers working on card: 2,343
Total number of trash bags filled: 912
Total number of items collected: 80,548
Total weight of trash collected (kg): 5,245
Total area cleaned (m): 13,580

Total Shoreline and Recreational Activities: 36,682
Total Ocean/Waterway Activities: 6,282
Total Smoking-Related Activities: 13,875
Total Dumping Activities: 1,114
Total Medical/Personal Activities: 163
Total Debris of Local Concern: 22,432

Hawksbill turtle from Melaka now off Sentosa

The turtle named Puteri Pulau Upeh was ‘first spotted on 29 July 2006 as she laid 108 eggs in an unusually shallow pit which she dug, on Pulau Upeh. The remains of what appeared to be a fishing net was stuck in a crack on the back of her shell.

The fishing net and some barnacles were removed and she was tagged. It was assumed that she was a young nester.’

“A satellite transmitter was attached onto her shell on 29 August 2006, after her third nesting for the season. She was released at 2.20am the same night…”

‘She began her journey southwards on 14 September 2006 and crossed over to Singapore waters approximately two weeks later. Since February 2007, she has stayed in the southern islands of Singapore and must be feeding amongst coral reefs that still exist today.’

Visit the WWF Malaysia Satellite Tracking of Hawksbill Turtles page to find out more.

Photos from NUS @ Kranji Mangroves

They certainly took lots of photos – see Album 1 (183 photos) and Album 2 (171 photos) on Flickr! See the cleanup report for Kranji at the Kranji Mangrove results page.

Take a look at the last photo – an important ritual conducted every year by the NUS organisers (student volunteers from the Department of Environmental Engineering) is the cleaning and drying of the thick gloves used by participants during the cleanup. Yup, we ensure they are ready for use next year. Its possible when the gloves are well dried – else fungus will grow!

Ideally of course, each participant should turn in a clean and dry pair of gloves the following week, after a good washing and drying. But we aren’t that optimistic yet! For now at least, the NUS organisers get to be part an ICCS mangrove tradition dating back to 1997!