Thursday, 3 January 2019

Happy New Year from the Marine Park!

Great news for the New Year! Now open again: Marine Park Outreach and Education Centre at the St John's Island National Marine Laboratory. It was closed due to asbestos being found on St John's Island. More about how to get there, and what you can see and do at the Centre here.
Marine Park Visitor Centre at St John's Island National Marine Laboratory
As the year ended, volunteers conducted more awesome intertidal walks, divers explored the reefs, a massive artificial reef structure was deployed at the Marine Park and the Friends of the Marine Park met on the islands.


As usual, the public greatly appreciated the intertidal walks. With many sharing their photos on the Marine Park facebook group.
Photo by Stanley Chee.
Suitable for kids and the family! No need to dive, no need to swim.
Photo by Richard Kuah.
Thanks to volunteer guides and staff for the great walks!
Photo by Lisa Lim.
Here's more glimpses of what we can see during a public guided intertidal walk at Big Sisters Island.



There's amazing sightings too, diving at the Sisters Island Marine Park!




Artificial reef at the Marine Park

From the Straits Times: "The new reef structure installed on Thursday will provide new substrate for corals to attach to and grow, mimicking the natural coral reef habitats observed around Singapore. After they are installed, they will be monitored through research initiatives coordinated by NParks which will involve various marine interest groups."
Here's more glimpses of the event by NParks.

As the structure was put in place, an Eagle ray leaped out of the water!


Friends of the Marine Park

The Friends of the Marine Park unveiled their logo, and the last meeting for 2018 was held at the islands. Here's more about what happened.

More about the Marine Park

More about guided walks at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park on the NParks website.

More about what to expect at a guided walk.

Why should I visit with an experienced and trained guide? Why are places limited on a public walk? Which other shores are accessible to the public? and more in this wildsingapore page.

More about volunteering with the Sisters Islands Marine Park.

Catch up with all the happenings at the Marine Park through the Sisters' Islands Marine Park facebook page. You can share your encounters, ideas and thoughts for the Marine Park here. Photos in this blog post are from those who shared on this facebook page. Thank you!

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