Following the previous blogpost on the useful tools, Auntie Oscar continues to share her invaluable experience with some practical field tips for a messy mangrove cleanup:
Bags Area – Centralize bags together so that volunteers do not have to carry them while working. Appoint a volunteer (usually the data recorder) to look after the bags.
Get a Pole – In every cleanup we can always find a strong pole or branch for our weighing. The spare hook here allows us to hoist up the weight using the pole instead of sheer muscle man so girls can do the job too!
Losing your Sole – Classic example of a good shoe ruined by the mangrove. Usually volunteers with inappropriate shoes will be tasked as data recorder and sit near the dry area to guard our bags and monitor time.
Large Tire – [Operation Tire] took about 40 mins to extract as it is buried in compact sand. After some loosening, the tire resurfaced and adds onto our collection of treasure.
Buried Barrel – It took 6 people to dig for 30 mins for the barrel to surface. Hence tools are essential such as a foldable shovel. We yell for [Operation Barrel] as a code to rally nearby volunteers to support. 😉
Marine Life – This large crab attacked us as he escaped from the barrel we dug up. We are happy for the feisty creature and set it free after a photo record.
Entwine – The tussle ends of large marine rope are often found wrapped around mangrove roots. Volunteers can wriggle free some parts but eventually cutting tools such a handsaw would be needed in this instance.
Silent Killer – It is amazing to see how plastics can choke up the mangrove tree roots as the tides comes in and goes out daily, the plastics find their way to wrap themselves tightly, suffocating the roots.
Sorting Area and workflow: In muddy mangroves such as at Chek Jawa Central Sites, it could get a little difficult to record and pick up marine trash at the same time. Hence I have created the following workflow:
- S1:safely briefing & group forming
- S2: gathering of trash (no recording)
- S3: bring all trash to Sorting Area
- S4: sort out types of trash
- S5: count trash collectively (data recording)
- S6: packing & weighing (data recording)
- S7: move trash to trash disposal point.
- S8: take group photo
That ends my field experience tips for a cleanup at mangrove sites. If you have any other questions, do chat with auntie Oscar: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Auntie Oscar