Sunday, 4 November 2018

Sea turtle overload and other Marine Park happenings

The sea turtle hatchery was launched at the Marine Park in September! Intertidal walks resumed in October, and lots of other interesting sightings and happenings too!
Photos by Lisa Lim, Richard Kuah and Victor Toh.
Here's a glimpse of some of the recent happenings at the Marine Park.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

"Birth of a Marine Park" and Victor Tang: 25 Aug (Sat) and 1 Sep (Sat)

Two opportunities: FREE screening of "Birth of a Marine Park" and meet Victor Tang, the cinematographer and director behind this amazing film.
On 25 Aug (Sat), Victor will be on the panel for the "Lepak with the Marine Community", an informal opportunity to speak with people working on marine issues. On 1 Sep (Sat): Come for a day of marine films including Birth of a Marine Park, Chasing Coral, Remember Chek Jawa! A great opportunity to meet a broad range of marine folk: advocates, artists, scientists, agencies and social enterprises. And learn more about marine and sustainability issues in Singapore.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Big Sisters Island: intertidal walks suspended, some beaches closed

From the NParks website: The monthly Intertidal Guided Walk is temporarily suspended as marine debris washed ashore containing asbestos have been found at four isolated areas along the beaches in the lagoons on Big Sister’s Island.
Public walk at Sisters Island Marine Park (15 Aug 2014)
As a safety precaution, we have cordoned off the affected beaches. We aim to complete the removal works by end June 2018 and will resume the guided walks thereafter. In the meantime, the affected beaches are closed to the public. We seek your understanding for the inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Amazing April at the Marine Park

The Friends of the Marine Park had a great time doing outreach at ADEX 2018.
Photo by Lisa Lim, at the Celebrating Singapore Shores photo booth.
Here's a glimpse of the happenings in April including intertidal walks at Big Sisters' Island and a meeting of The Friends of the Marine Park.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

St John’s Island Trail and Marine Park Centre closed until further notice

From the NParks website: As the access route to Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail is affected by SLA’s maintenance and repair works, the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail are closed until further notice.
Marine Park Visitor Centre at St John's Island National Marine Laboratory

More details behind the closure on wild shores of singapore.

Updated notice on the NParks website: "The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) had closed part of St John's Island from now till the end of the year arising from the asbestos found in the campsite area. As investigations and works to remove the asbestos are ongoing, the St John's Island trail and the Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre and St John’s Island Trail will be closed until further notice. We seek your understanding for the inconvenience caused."

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Marvellous March at the Marine Park

Volunteers of the Marine Park had a blast with outreach efforts at a mall. And on Sentosa island too, including screening of 'Birth of a Marine Park'. There was also a Workshop on reefs at the Marine Park public gallery. All to celebrate International Year of the Reef 2018. Meanwhile, public walks continued with exciting finds for everyone.
Here's a glimpse at some of the happenings...

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

18 Mar (Sun): FREE screening of "Birth of a Marine Park"

Come this Sunday to watch the award-winning "Birth of a Marine Park" about Singapore's first marine park at the Sisters Islands by Victor Tang.
Off the shores, away from the glittering skyline of the city, Singapore maintains one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, yet its waters hide a little-known secret : a rich bio-habitat harbouring diverse marine life, including even species long thought to be extinct. This documentary follows the visionary partnership of Singapore planners, scientists and nature-lovers who are coming together to create Singapore’s first-ever Marine Park in the waters around one of the nation’s remaining coral reefs: Sisters’ Island.

Monday, 12 March 2018

17-18 Mar: 'The Fun Odyssea' - community launch for kids and the family

For kids and families! This March school holidays, join Captain Patty Parrotfish and its supportive sidekick, Izzy Isopod, on their journey discovering treasures of the sea!
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Admission into Sentosa is FREE from 10 - 18 March for ALL locals and local residents! For entry via Sentosa Express, tap your EZ-link card to enter while locally registered IU vehicles can just drive through!

Here's the programme for the weekend!
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The marine community comes together to present this explosion of fun! The Friends of the Marine Park will be among the many marine community members celebrating at this event.

- Live mural painting
- Film screening including Blue Planet II
- Arts and crafts workshops
- Meet marine scientists working in Singapore

Sunday, 11 March 2018

10-18 Mar: "Our Home, Their Home” at Seletar Mall

Volunteers of the Marine Park will be at Seletar Mall this school holidays to share through fun activities and talks. Come and support us!
Discover Singapore’s amazing marine biodiversity by observing specimens of octopuses, corals and other fascinating animals. You’ll get to learn about threats they face through exciting child-friendly games stations with an inflatable slide and human claw machine! Also, create your own marine critters at our arts and crafts workshops on weekends! See you there!

Monday, 26 February 2018

24 Mar (Sat): Reefs 101 - FREE workshop at St John's Island about the Marine Park

Registration now open for limited slots. Join Sea Our Shores for our FREE workshop at St John’s Island! You will get to hear about our fascinating marine life and see them up close and personal in a guided gallery tour at Marine Park Outreach and Education Center.

Look forward to exciting discussion sessions for YOU to voice out your opinions on the marine park and also brainstorm on what we can do to help conserve our reefs.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

15-18 Feb 2018: Change in Public Gallery opening hours for Chinese New Year

If you are planning to visit the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park Public Gallery on St John’s Island, do note that it is only open from 10am to 11.30am on 15 Feb (Thu) and is closed from 16 to 18 Feb (Fri-Sun).
Marine Park Visitor Centre at St John's Island National Marine Laboratory
A huge marine touch pool is one of the many fascinating displays
at the Public Gallery on St John's Island.

The Marine Park Public Gallery will reopen on 19 Feb (Mon) with the usual opening hours.
  • 10am to 2.30pm on weekdays;
  • 10am to 3.30pm on Saturdays; and
  • 10am to 5.30pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
More about the Gallery from NParks.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Busy January at the Marine Park!

A big start to the year as the Marine Park joins the community in Celebrating Singapore Shores for International Year of the Reef 2018. With a Marine Bioblitz, and workshop on plastics.
Visitors on Day 2 of the first public intertidal walks of 2018
Photo by Collin Tong.
A rescued baby sea turtle was released at the Marine Park. Volunteer guided walks at the Marine Park remains a big highlight. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Marine Park met up and the Kayaking Working Group made a working visit to the Marine Park.