Much earlier, just after Minister Tan Chuan Jin's visit, there were also many media features about the Southern Expedition. Here's some highlights.
|Photo from Don Wong Today Online 13 Jun 13|
Don Wong Today Online 13 Jun 13 shares a slideshow of photos of people at work in the article Searching the coast for marine life. "From scooping for living specimens with a simple nylon net in the mudflats off Singapore’s coasts to peering through a high-powered microscope to determine whether a rare species is thriving in our waters once again, international and local scientists, aided by enthusiastic volunteers and students, tirelessly surveyed marine flora and fauna in the Straits of Singapore and the Southern islands over three weeks."
Immediately after the VIP visit to the Southern Expedition by Minister Tan, there was this great video clip about the Expedition on Channel NewsAsia.
Grace Chua Straits Times 28 May 13 also featured Species possibly new to science found in seas here/ Some highlights from her article:
A thumb-size crab that has only six legs, another that shares a burrow with a worm and a sea anemone that looks as if it wears lipstick - these denizens of Singapore's seas could be completely new to science.
"The nicer thing than finding new species is finding old friends," said Professor Peter Ng, director of NUS' Tropical Marine Science Institute. For instance, a brightly patterned zebra crab not seen since the 1960s turned up last year at the islands south of Singapore.
The southern expedition is more challenging than the previous one to Singapore's northern seas and shores last October, said Prof Ng. The area surveyed this year, which spans from Jurong to Changi, is at least three times bigger than the northern region, and includes busy shipping lanes.
Will Singapore ever have a gazetted marine reserve? That is a complex issue, Prof Ng said. "I would say we are on the road towards a reserve. It depends a lot on the sentiments of the people." While the survey, which began in December 2010, will identify biodiversity hot spots that merit protection, he added, "once you set a reserve... we cannot backtrack after that".
Woo Sian Boon Today Online 28 May 13 in More marine species discovered in second phase of expedition reports:
|Photo from Woo Sian Boon Today Online 28 May 13|
NParks Deputy Chief Executive Officer Leong Chee Chiew the survey will aid in Singapore’s marine conservation efforts. “We will be better able to identify what to do in various areas of our seas. Because we know more, our efforts can be much more targeted and more effective,” he said.
Full text of articles on wildsingapore news
- New marine species discovered in Singapore Olivia Siong Channel NewsAsia 27 May 13;
- Species possibly new to science found in seas here, Researchers on S'pore's first marine life census hope to discover more by Grace Chua Straits Times 28 May 13;
- More marine species discovered in second phase of expedition Woo Sian Boon Today Online 28 May 13;
- Over 100 new marine species discovered in Singapore Fabian Koh Straits Times 27 May 13;
- More than 100 new records and discoveries of marine species in Singapore. More possible discoveries from marine biodiversity expedition now underway at Southern Islands.
NParks media release 27 May 13;
- Searching the coast for marine life Don Wong Today Online 13 Jun 13;