Site Allocation Exercise for ICCS2013: Round 1 completed!

Round 1 of the Site Allocation Exercise for 2013 has been completed! We have allocated 31 groups, and about 1,500 volunteers are already committed. This is about the half way point.

Meanwhile, during the exercise, a new site in Punggol was added, as observed by the Zone Captains after their recent recce. Sites at the two ends of Changi Beach were revived – we have kept a close eye on those during our bicycle rides, and beach improvements are just about completed.

We will offer Kranji East mangrove which Ria reported a large load at the site once again, in a recent post in Wild Shores Singapore. However, we will restrict that to capable adult groups with whom we will conduct a joint recce with due to the additional safety demands at the site.

West Coast Park was removed from the list as it is now bordered by a breakwater line. And Pasir Ris 3-5 remans of the list due to the booms upriver, although we’ll review this again later in the year.

There is actually a new site in Changi River which I examined last year but we’ll add that later as it requires a capable group and the load is not heavy.

Meanwhile, the beaches of East Coast Park have as usual almost all been allocated, much to the Zone Captain’s delight

View the current status at

ICCS2013 Site Allocation Round 1

Ria writes, “Angry about litter on our shores? DO something!”

She includes photos of a sullied shore at Kranji East, which is just east of the mouth of the former Kranji River, now reservoir.

wild shores of singapore: Angry about litter on our shores? DO something!
Click for the article

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore: Zones & Sites - Google Maps
Click for the Kranji East shore location

Trash in the Northeast! NE Zone Captains recce the coastline

Sat 16 Mar 2013 – The Northeast Zone Captains (Yiyong, Chen Kee and Kai Scene) conducted our first recce for ICCS 2013 during the morning low tides. We usually initiate site recces later in the year and were surprised by the amount of trash we saw along the coastline at all our sites.

It was more than what we typically see in September.


Zone Captain Yiyong and Dy Zone Captain Chen Kee observing the trash-lined stream at Pasir Ris Site 6

We started out at Pasir Ris Site 6 in order to cross the stream easily while the tides were at their lowest. We discovered a HUGE, hollow but very heavy log there. Where had it come from? Surely not a tree fall from the forest behind us, as it was huge with no roots attached. This must have been washed in by the tides, just imagine!


Huge hollow log Pasir Ris Site 6. A new find! Look at the size relative to Chen Kee!

We proceeded on our rounds with visits to Sungei Tampines, Sungei Seletar, Punggol, Sembawang and Selimang. The East Bank of Sungei Tampines was much dirtier than the West Bank. We saw bags of trashed placed neatly at the West Bank – signs that it had been cleaned up. Uncles fishing along the West Bank informed Yiyong that the West Bank was cleaned regularly by NParks. However, much work remains to be done along the East Bank – a task for the organisation taking on the site this year.


Trash along the East Bank of Sungei Tampines

The last stop on our recce trip was Sembawang Park. The construction there looks like it will be finished in good time for Sep 2013. It will result in a larger site if all goes well, and easily accessible too, with new staircases leading down to the shore.

While visiting the Northeast sites, it was great to hear that the guides for Otter Trail were in the vicinity conducting their recce. They visited Pasir Ris Park too! Unfortunately, we were heading the opposite direction and did not meet along the way.

We ended the recce feeling more prepared and ready to welcome organisers to the Northeast. Looking forward to a fruitful ICCS 2013!

Recruitment Exercise – the search for volunteers for the coordinating team has begun!

Dear friends,

The volunteer team coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore is conducting a recruitment exercise to search for dedicated individuals who wish to and are able to contribute to the betterment of the marine environment.

Volunteers will be involved in site recces, learning about marine life, liasing with Organisers, helping with workshops, data processing and outreach besides putting in some effort on the beach and mangrove during cleanups!

We are looking for Site Buddies and Site Captains who are able to commit to a maximum of seven days mostly between July and September 2013.

  • Fri 22 Mar 2013: Meet Zone Captains during the Site Allocation exercise (7pm – 10pm)
  • Tue 04 Jul 2013: Marine Life & Marine Trash Workshop (7pm-10pm)
  • Sat 27 Jul 2013: Site Recce with Site/Zone Captains (8am-12pm)
  • Sat 03 Aug 2013: Meet Organisers at The ICCS Lecture (9am – 12pm)
  • Sat 10 Aug 2013: National Day cleanup (8am – 12pm)
  • Sat 21 Sep 2013: International Coastal Cleanup date around the globe! (8am – 5pm)
  • Fri 27 Sep 2013: ICCS Data & Photo processing (6pm – 10pm)

We are a dedicated team who have been coordinating the cleanup for more than a decade. We work with more than 60 oganisations who send lead 4,000 people to the beach and mangroves of Singapore in September and around the year.

We have to responsive, independent and efficient. However, we keep meetings and emails to a minimum and have sustained this effort alongside our regular jobs for a long time.

If you think you are up for this, we are most happy to welcome you to our team!

To find out more and sign up, please see:

Thank you and all the best!



N. Sivasothi
Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore


Registration for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore 2013 is now open! Organisers are invited to register by 23rd April 2013

Dear Organisers,

Once again, we are happy to welcome you back to this meaningful activity which has been conducted by volunteers in Singapore since 1992. This will be the 22nd year of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore.

The international event (ICC) coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy falls on the third Saturday of September every year which is 21st September 2013, Saturday. That day, a morning low tide which will rise by 10am, and the tide will ebb in the evening from 4pm.

I – Registration
We invite you as the Organiser to register your groups and indicate your preferred sites at:

II – Site Allocation results in April 2013
We conduct a Site Allocation exercise in end-March to take into account the Organiser’s experience, difficulty of the site, maturity of programme and announce the results in April. Reliable, veteran groups will not see much changes, having become the cornerstone of this national effort.

III – Workshops for Organisers, choose an evening session between 3rd – 5th July 2013 @ NUS
This year, the ICCS Workshop will be conducted as small group sessions on the evenings of 3rd to 5th July 2013 – we save everyone a precious Saturday morning. All Organisers are encouraged to attend a SINGLE session, especially those who are new, or who need help with site recces and risk assessment.

This design is in response to previous workshops – we notice greater interaction and questions in small groups which will make for safer and more efficiently-run events.

IV – Site Recces (difficult sites), Sat 27 Jul 2013
Conditions at sites can vary form year to year, and it is critical for Organiser’s to conduct a site recce close to the date. Else an Organiser can be caught off guard – a beach may be closed, or there might be a new obstacle or hazard at the site. To help each Organiser conduct a site recce and evaluate risk, we will go through this during the workshop and explain how to fill up a Risk Assessment Form.

For difficult sites, Site and Zone Captains will conduct joint recces with Organisers on 27th July 2013. Keep this date free as it is a good day to consult your Site or Zone Captain by phone just after your recce.

V – The ICCS Lecture, Saturday 3rd August 2013 @ NUS
This annual lecture explores marine life in Singapore, the impact of trash in local waters and the ocean, analyses the data from ICC and discusses practical measures for daily life. Veteran Organisers are encouraged to send assistants or team leaders. We will also make this session open to the public.

VI – National Day Cleanup, Saturday 10th August 2012
I conduct a National Day cleanup every year and invite the public. Organisers who are new are invited to learn the ropes from me – about planning, logistics and internet tools before the cleanup and about operations, safety and data collation on the beach that day.

Thank you for your interest in the environment!



N. Sivasothi
Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore