Thursday, February 12, 2009

abandoned fish trap @ semakau 07Feb2009

long abandoned fish trap @ semakau 07Feb2009 from BeachBum on Vimeo.
Came across this long abandoned fish trap on the reef edge. The reef and seagrass lagoon should not be a place to dump unwanted fishing equipment.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

West Coast Park beach

West Coast Park has re-opened the beach access after a long long wait.

The beachfront is actually in three sections, two of which are divided by a pier looking out at the RSYC berths and the Poly Marina.

It even has a small rocky shore habitat!...very small though.

A small section of mangrove trees....

Local fishermen use the beach for boat maintenance.

West Coast fishing - 7 bags full and scubatanks even

Was at WCP and saw a group of fishermen sharing an amazing catch... they had an assortment of fish and about 10 huge cuttlefish (rugby ball sized). They must have caught about 100 fish.

Wasn't able to sneak pics of the fish but they had lots of colourful fish like the copper banded butterfly fish(who would eat this?), and large coral bright yellows and blues. (see link :

They has so many fish that some were thrown back into the water. They fishers also had some scuba tanks, full wetsuits and gear....looks like they dived as well!...or maybe used the scubatanks to help them catch the fish...?

da boat...

Sharing the catch...about 7 large bags full.

Looks like fishing is taking on a more deeper (pun intended) level... even scuba gear is now part of the fishing gear.

over-indiscriminate fishing?

Friday 21st March 2008 - came across a group of rod/line fishermen surveying their catch from the night before...

Note the size of the stingrays...rather small (about 20cm across) ...perhaps juveniles...(see pic above, the rays are at the top right)

The catch included another unusual ray...a spotted eagle ray! It is actually rarely seen in Singapore waters. This was also rather small (about 40 cm across) . (The largest specimens can grow up to a maximum wingspan of 3 m (10 ft) and a mass of 230 kg)!!!

If the local fishing scene does not realise that removing juvenile fish will impact reproduction and future generations...then we will see fewer and fewer fish in local waters. And then people will get bored with fishing seeing that they catch nothing....the demise of the fishing scene beckons.

Know your fish! If a small fish is caught, then please throw them back alive and well so that they can be a part of the replenishing team for future generations. Take a picture with your phone camera and release the small ones. Only take the much larger ones if you have to!

This will ensure that local fish stocks survive.

links on eagle rays :-

The rays get even... (an unfortunate incident)...
Eagle Ray kills woman!

Another eagle ray incident :-

Monday, January 7, 2008

Chek Jawa's Great Fishnet Graveyard

Clearing of fish nets at Chek Jawa. These are nets which have been left behind by former kampung residents or by fishermen or both. A Quick estimate : about 20 nets (at least) within a 50m stretch of intertidal. Bear in mind that most of these nets are themselves over 25metres long...some over 50 metres! All curled up and stuck in the mud, mangrove tree roots etc. Some of the nets already have thriving colonisers and we therefore leave them as as not to disrupt the dependant organisms.

Abandoned nets continue to trap and kill indiscriminately reducing the biodiversity of the area. Commercially valuable species such as the Horseshoe crab frequently find themselves caught and soon starve to death. In other parts of the world, such nets have caused the deaths of larger animals such as dugongs. See

Short clip of some of the team doing their best early in the clean-up...before the mud, and slime, and other stuff got to us. One of the group even forgot to bring a change of clothes...he brought back some of the mud with him. Things got a bit too much muddy with mud flying all over (we all had some fly into our mouths! - bleah). Point to note : Keep mouth shut when messing about with abandoned nets!

In the meantime, Sekudu had some unscheduled visitors...
...there were some chaps who decided to fish in the *Chek Jawa Wetlands area ...


... and also some canoeists and sailors ...

... (SZ18709D) ...

... and a pair of noisy jetskis ...

...and also Mr Regular Poacher who could be seen dragging behind him a basket of some kind. Possibly filled with clams or mussels. Who knows what else he made off with? Imagine the destruction he would have caused by dragging his basket all over the intertidal, back and forth, to and fro, back and forth....

The CJ Wetlands area was notified to the marine community on 15 Aug 2007.
The following is an extract of that notification issued by NParks :-


With effect from 15 Aug 2007, the area bounded by the following coordinates is designated as “Chek Jawa Wetlands” and is managed by the National Parks Board (NParks), under the Parks and Trees Act 2005 and the Parks and Trees Regulations 2005:

WGS 84 Datum

Point Latitude (N) Longitude (E) Description

1 01°25.109¢ 103°59.316¢ Tanjong Balai, Pulau Ubin

2 01°24.700¢ 104°00.000¢ Chek Jawa Wetlands Buoy

3 01°24.102¢ 103°59.338¢ Malang Papan Beacon

4 01°24.420¢ 103°58.600¢ Sungei Saban, Pulau Ubin

2 Chek Jawa Wetlands is a nature conservation area and the community is advised to observe the provisions of Parks and Trees Act 2005 and the Parks and Trees Regulations 2005. In particular, except where a permit has been obtained, the following regulations are to be observed by crew and passengers of all vessels:

i. No vessel or craft shall enter or remain in Chek Jawa Wetlands.

ii. No vessel or craft shall berth or moor at the jetty or floating pontoon or any other structure within Chek Jawa Wetlands.

iii. No vessel or craft shall land at Pulau Sekudu or anywhere within Chek Jawa Wetlands.

iv. There shall be no collection of any organism (including remains of an organism) or use of rods, lines, hooks, nets and traps within Chek Jawa Wetlands.

v. No person shall swim, bathe, snorkel or scuba dive within Chek Jawa Wetlands.

The irony of it all was that the Police Coast Guard boat was not far away bobbing up and down in the channel between CJ and Tekong. Whose job is it to monitor our coastal areas? If the coast guard does not pay attention, then who will?

Dear sailors and canoeists, please don't use Sekudu as your playground.

Dear Mr Fishermen, lain kali tidak boleh pancing di sana.

Dear Mr Poacher....your days are numbered.

Dear Mr Coast Guard, please take an active part to deter unscheduled visitors to Pulau Sekudu. Thank you!
Further links :
a more detailed look at the size of the net problem....sigh. The fishing industry should be embarassed with this kind of dumping behaviour!
Read abotu Ghost Traps and the damage that they do.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Last sunset of 2007 for Labrador

It was a magnificient sunset at Labrador for the last day of 2007.
What a wonderful place to be for the last sunset!
Let's hope 2008 will be a better year for Labrador Park.
May all park visitors appreciate and respect it's beauty and preserve it for others to cherish.