Celebrate Earth Day in Singapore by battling marine trash @ Lim Chu Kang East (Sun 22 Apr 2018: 7.30am – 12.00pm)

It’s Earth Day on Sunday 22nd April 2018, with a focus on the battle against plastic pollution. Join International Coastal Cleanup Singapore on a mangrove cleanup on Sunday, 22 April 2018: 7.30am to 12.00pm at Lim Chu Kang East [see site details here].

IMPORTANT: please read the advise to participants and safety guidelines here: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/participants/

To join us, sign up on Eventbrite by Thu 19 Apr 2018 – be sure to indicate if you need transport by selecting the correct ticket type.16169774964_c2d8d74bb9_z

We will tackle marine trash at Lim Chu Kang EAST mangrove. This is a precious patch of wetland located in the northwest of Singapore, Lim Chu Kang’s non-recreational beach and mangrove is besieged by trash from numerous land-based sources deposited into the western Johor Straits, as well as from offshore fish farms.

Trash accumulates in this precious mangrove and we are determined to unburden this site to assist the health of the ecosystem there. The sensitive efforts of the past 22 years in the mangroves of Singapore have reduced the burden on these shores, and we will continue our efforts.

Around the world, coastal cleanups conducted by volunteers to unburden the ecosystem, raise awareness of the plight of our oceans, and motivate us to rethink our habits in daily urban living to promote sustainable practises. We have to bring about change, and let us motivate ourselves with an intimate experience with the problem.

Thanks for taking an interest to protect our environment!

Thanks to NParks, SLA, PCG and NEA for help with permissions and trash removal.

Event details

Meeting Point: Participants can meet at the bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139) and will be transported to the cleanup site at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9 (park along the side of the road), or meet us at the venue itself – please choose the right ticket for transport.

Itinerary

  • 07.45am – Bus pick up at bus stop outside Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)
  • 08.15am – Bus arrives at the Lim Chu Kang Lane 9. Apply insect repellant, collect gloves and trash bags. Safety and procedure briefing.
  • 08.30am – Cleanup begins
  • 09.45am – End of cleanup; move trash bags to Trash Collection Points.
  • 10.00am – Trash is weighed and moved to the Trash Disposal Point outside gate at Lim Chu Kang Lane 9; debrief.
  • 10.15am – Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area and your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some additional water.
  • 10.30am – Bus departs for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang East (LCK Lane 9) for 40 volunteers are provided; and gloves, trash bags and weighing scales will be provided for all.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to to protect your feet from hazards, else you will not be allowed to work in the area.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
  5. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites – there are plenty of mosquitoes.
  6. We will continue the cleanup 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 and/ or sun block
  3. Reusable raincoat / poncho (we will continue to work in light rain)
  4. Towel to wipe off sand and mud
  5. Change of clothes for public transport.

Be prepared:

  • Sleep early the night before
  • Have a decent breakfast – it’s hard work!
  • Be punctual – the bus is unable to wait for latecomers; and the tide waits for no one!
  • Refer to this recce report of Lim Chu Kang East mangrove [link].
  • Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the cleanup!

Thank you for caring for our planet!

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IYOR2018 Microplastics Analysis Workshop by NParks and the Friends of the Marine Park community

IYOR2018 Microplastics Analysis Workshop

This was co-organised by NParks, SJIML and NUS. The workshop advertisement on NParks webpage, see photos and comments on Facebook (click to see what they say):

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Thu 19 Oct 2017: 1.00pm – TMSI Workshop Invitation: “Plastic Oceans” @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory

Thu 19 Oct 2017 – “Plastics Oceans” workshop invitation @ St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory. Sign up to attend here: http://tinyurl.com/tmsi-marineplastics. Transport by boat provided.

You can read the abstracts at the workshop home page at http://sjinml.nus.edu.sg/workshop-invitation-plastic-oceans/.

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3,500 volunteers from 80 organisations tackle marine trash as part of the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore

16 Sep 2017 – today, the third Saturday of September, is the official day of the International Coastal Cleanup and volunteers around the world are heading out to their shores, as the sun rises, to battle marine trash. In this three decades old citizen science exercise, volunteers collect, categorise and count trash before disposal in the effort to protect marine life.

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This year, some 3,500 volunteers have registered through 80 organisations for the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore. It is conducted mostly on the 8th and 23rd of September (less than 1.0m at 8am) in order to ensure the most effective cleanups during the maximal exposure of the low spring tides.

Data from the first batch of cleanups last week submitted by Organisers were published this morning at the ICCS webpage at coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/results/2017.

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Now we look forward to a fruitful exercise on the 23rd of September 2017. If you would like to be part of the action, join ICCS Dy Coordinator Airani S at Changi Beach for Young Parents–ICCS beach cleanup – all are welcome, young and old, just click the image below!

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Volunteer opportunity for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (Jul – Aug 2017)

We are looking for volunteers to assist us in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris for Singapore. The role mainly involves testing data collection methods for marine debris from spot locations on several beaches on mainland Singapore.

You can join us if you are:

  • Able to commit on weekday mornings and available on the 4th week of July and the first and second weeks of August 2017.
  • Passionate for the environment and issue of marine trash.
  • Meticulous, and highly organized.
  • Comfortable with working outdoors.

 To sign up for the volunteer opportunity, please fill up this form and we will contact you shortly.

For any enquiries, please contact Joleen Chan (dbsjoch@nus.edu.sg)

 

First Meeting of the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Zone Captains, 5th Apr 2017

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The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore team met on the evening of 5th April 2017 at NUS DBS Life Sciences Lab 7 to discuss this year’s appointments and to confirm the 2017 calendar.

To catch the low tide, the main ICC cleanup dates are on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of September this year: Sat 09 Sep 2017 & Sat 23 Sep 2017. We will be confirming participation by last year’s Organisers this week and opening public registration by the end of the month.

The 2017 team thus far (pending confirmation of new recruits) are:

  • Coordinator – N. Sivasothi
  • Dy Coordinator (Data) – Airani S
  • Dy Coordinator (Manpower) – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, North-West – Adriane Lee
  • Zone Captain, North-East – Chua Siew Chin & Joys Tan
  • Zone Captain, Pulau Ubin – Tan Chia Wu & Li Yufu
  • Zone Captain, Changi & ECP – Airani S
  • Zone Captain, Tanah Merah – Joleen Chan
  • Zone Captain, South – Lim Cheng Puay
  • Site Captain, NW – Germaine Leng
  • Site Captain, NE – Ng Kai Scene
  • Site Captain, Pulau Ubin – Teo Kah Ming
  • Photo Captain – Kenneth Pinto

More news soon!

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