Lim Chu Kang mangrove is a lovely mangrove I was unfortunate enough to see halved in 1990. Still regularly visited by researchers, it is a rare gem in Singapore which, like other shorelines around Singapore, is plagued by the problem of marine debris. The site is fronted by a beach on which a trash line is clearly evident.
In order to limit the impact of the trash on that non-recreational shore, volunteers visit the site during the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore and during year-round cleanups in order to limit the problem of marine trash entering that mangrove.
The cleanups for 2010 have been:
- 07 Aug 2010 – 116 trash bags, 811 kg, 42 volunteers.
- 11 Sep 2010 – 53 bags, 588 kg, 53 volunteers.
The third cleanup will be conducted this Saturday, 9th October 2010 by the youth group, Pangaea Young Explorers Program. Led by Nicolette Meyer, their cleanup will investigate how much trash accumulates on the Lim Chu Kang beach in a month, in the last quarter of the year. It has been a month since the last cleanup and 15 of the will tackle the beach as the tide recedes.
Lend the group a hand this Satuday- sign up here, thanks!
Meet at Lim Chu Kang Road end (end point for Bus 975 from Bt Panjang Interchange) at 4pm and look for Nicolette. Cleanup operations begin at 4.00pm and will end at 5.30pm with weighing of trash.
Lee Bee Yan & Jessica Ker of the NUS Biodiversity Crew who will be at the mangrove for a research trip will conduct an informal chat with volunteers after the cleanup about the mangrove ecosystem there.