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!

 

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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!