9 Aug (Thu): Paddling Sungei Khatib Bongsu with Kayakasia

A leisurely paddle into one of the last riverine mangrove on our shores. If you have never paddled before, this trip would be a good introduction.
Photo by Say Chong
The kayakers will learn about the Giant Fig, snails, rubik cubes, lobsters, and why there are plenty of babies in the mangrove. Be inspired by the "beauty and brains" of this riverine system.

5 Aug (Sun): Seringat Trail kayaking with Kayakasia

Great for beginners! "The best deserted beach in Singapore, by a mile!"
On this trip, we paddle from the beaches of Sentosa to Seringat Island, to laze on a white sand deserted beach. This is one of the most fun southern island trips we organised, with lots of kayaking, swimming, paddling, and enjoying tranquility. Also called the Pink Lagoon & Secret River trail...come find out why!

International Conference on Plastics in the Marine Environment (IC-PME 2018), Singapore

Save the Dates! 5-7 December 2018

Celebrating Singapore Shores is proud to be an Organising Partner for this upcoming exciting international conference that will touch on a hot topic for the year - Plastics in the Marine Environment.

Synopsis: Globally, some eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain. Five Asian nations account for 60% of the waste entering our oceans. The ubiquitous spread of plastic waste into every part of the marine environment has captured the attention of academics, industries, environmentalists, and the public. Plastic debris and animals killed by the ingestion of plastic capture the daily struggle of the world’s ocean ecosystems. The massive scale of this problem threatens our food security and sustainability.

In line with the International Year of the Reef 2018 and Singapore’s Year for Climate Action, this conference seeks to address the issue of plastic debris in the marine environment, with a special focus on microplastics and the environmental issues facing tropical Southeast Asia.

When is the conference? 5-7 December 2018

Where is the conference held? Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, University Town, National University of Singapore

What to expect? Participants can expect an array of talks and posters sharing on four major topics.
  • Plastics in the Sea
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Socio-economic issues
  • Solution for the Future
Details on registration and abstract submission will be available in August! Stay tune for more details by following our marine lab's website (www.sjinml.nus.edu.sg) or FaceBook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ICPME2018/).

For more information or queries, you can contact the Organisers at sjimarinelab.outreach@gmail.com

Follow us on Celebrating Singapore Shores for updates!

Wormy Wednesday: marine science work on worms

Wormy Wednesday peeks into marine scientists working with worms: find out how some marine worms start life as clueless-looking round blobs, why marine worms are chosen as study subjects and what is "gonad mixing" ... eeww?
Read more about their heart-worming story by the St John's Island National Marine Laboratory http://sjinml.nus.edu.sg/international-polychaete-day-feature-series-2/

25 Jul (Wed): Research talk by Professor Richard Thompson (Marine Litter) [UPDATE!]

In conjunction with the International Year of the Reef (IYOR 2018), the British High Commission Singapore, National University of Singapore, and the National Parks Board jointly bring to you the following talk:

“Marine Litter: Are there solutions to this global environmental problem?” by Professor Richard Thompson OBE, University of Plymouth, UK.

Details of the talk:
Date: 25th July 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Venue: University Town, Stephen Riady Centre, UT-AD2 (Level 1), NUS

How to get there: http://utown.nus.edu.sg/contact/getting-here/

The talk is FREE by registration is required here by 20 July 2018.

Please help circulate the announcement to any one interested. And we hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Organisers at BHC, NUS, NParks
Supported by Celebrating Singapore Shores

14 Jul (Sat): Save our Oceans - Sharks, Straws and more

Come for these talks on 14 Jul (Sat)!
Kathy runs The Dorsal Effect, an ecotourism business that provides alternative livelihoods to share with fishermen by getting them to take tourists out snorkelling instead. The trips are run responsibly by incorporating coral health checks and beach clean ups.

Beatrix runs CoralCoeur EcoLiving, an eco-store that supports the movement against single-use plastics, one of the ocean's greatest enemies.

Both Kathy and Beatrix will hold a talk from 3 to 4pm on Saturday 14 July on Why Sharks Matter and How To Live a Zero-Waste Way of Life.

More details on the facebook event post.

14 Jul (Sat): Our Singapore Reef's Singles Mingle: Marine Clean Up!

In celebration of 2018 International Year of the Reef, we are back for our marine dive clean up and this time, we are calling for singles who are ready to mingle!
Game for it? Come join us and have fun in saving Lazarus Island from marine trash with your new friends!

Wormy Wednesdays features polychaetes of Singapore!

Are these worms? Are they found on Singapore shores?! Find out more in this article.
The good folks of the St John's Islands National Marine Laboratory are celebrating International Polychaete Day with wormy features on Wednesday!

20 Jul (Fri): Blue Nudge! Workshop on Marine Trash in Singapore

Feel that Singapore should do more to address the issue of Marine Trash?

Here's an opportunity for YOU to be an Active Citizen! This workshop aims to provide you with the necessary insights that empowers you to gently nudge our government agencies to take the right Marine Trash action.

Celebrating Singapore Shores Journey on the Road

We've been spreading the word about the wonderful shores of Singapore! Reaching out to hundreds of people.
Please let us know if you'd like a FREE talk on "Secret Shores of Singapore", accompanied by FREE panels and brochures that are kindly sponsored by the National Research Foundation. They are offered as part of Celebrating Singapore Shores and International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018.

Chew Peng shares our journey in the past three months. She is one of the many outstanding youths who have stepped up as an IYOR intern. The internship programme is still open, applications welcomed.

August: FREE Public Forum by SIBiol on "Coral Reef Conservation in Singapore"

The Singapore Institute of Biology and Science Centre Singapore jointly present

A Public Forum on "Coral Reef Conservation in Singapore"
Organised in conjunction with the International Year of the Reef and the Singapore Blue Plan 2018

Saturday, 25th August 2018
Maxwell Auditorium, Level 1
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081

  • 0930 - 1000: Registration of members / participants (entrance of Science Centre Singapore)
  • 1000 - 1045: Talk 1 "Coral Reef Conservation in Singapore - Shake, Rattle and Roll!" by Professor Chou Loke Ming, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore
  • 1045 - 1130: Talk 2 "The 5Cs of our Seas" by Ms Sam Shu Qin, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore
  • 1145 - 1215: Tea Reception
The SIBiol-Science Centre Singapore Public Forum will also include free entrance to the Singapore Science Centre for the day! Don't miss out on this opportunity for an educational and fun-filled day!

More details at www.sibiol.org.sg
Register here!

July and Aug: FREE guided intertidal walk at Sentosa

Registration now open! Embark on an adventure along Sentosa's coastline with tour guides!
One of Singapore’s last remaining coastal cliff and rocky shores, the Siloso Headland (also known as Tanjung Rimau) is a natural treasure trove on Sentosa. Home to corals, seagrass, and a wide variety of marine wildlife, Siloso Headland also boasts beautiful landscape with the original and aged old rock outcrop.