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Author/Editor: N. Sivasothi
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.


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Thu 06 Oct 2005

"New species found in Bohol deep"

Category : research

"New species found in Bohol deep." By Charles E. Buban. Inquirer News Service, 07 Oct 2005. [pdf] Editor's Note: Published on page A1 of the Oct. 7, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

"An International research expedition has found species of mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms (star fish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) and fish that may be new to science in the deep waters off Bohol province.

The research was part of the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project 2005: Survey of the Deep-water Benthic Fauna of Bohol Sea and Adjacent Waters, or the Panglao 2005 expedition.

A team of 30 marine scientists, technicians and fishing masters from France, Singapore, Taiwan, Russia and the Philippines went on a two-week expedition in May using unsophisticated methods like trawling, dredging and trapping.

The research team said it also gathered specimens previously regarded as rare to very rare, including those previously thought to be not found in the Philippines or even in the Southeast Asian biogeographic zone."

Read the rest of the article at the Inquirer.

This article refers to the Panglao 2005 expedition.

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Thu 06 Oct 2005

"Marine Life in Singapore: Surprises and the threat of marine trash"

Category : talks

4 Oct 2005 - N. Sivasothi Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore Research Officer, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS gave a talk on "Marine Life in Singapore: Surprises and the threat of Marine Trash." The talk was organized by NUS Campus Green Committee at the LT31, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore.

"The Singapore coastline is still survived by interesting patches of coastal and marine ecosystems, which are home to otters, dugongs, sea stars, octopus, dolphins, hundreds of species of fish, sea snakes, turtles and even a crocodile! Marine life faces several challenges - development, marine trash, poaching and environmental accidents.

Volunteers with the annual International Coastal Cleanup Singapore removed 10,334 kg from our coastline in a single day last year - almost 90% of this was plastic and almost two-thirds from land-based sources. Abandoned nets entangled and killed birds, snakes, crabs, horseshoe crabs and fish. In the past two years, volunteers from NUS had joined the team to help clear Kranji mangroves. Just last year, 3,167 kg of trash was removed in a single day!"

There were pictorial panels on "Marine Life in Singapore" and "Green Transport" courtesy of Singapore Environment Council in the LT31 foyer. Interestingly the tv series Biologic was on sale for S$20. The series contains an episode about the cleanup.

See reports from 2005 at Habitatnews

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Thu 06 Oct 2005

Toddycats Engage!

Category : toddycats

30 Sep 2005 - Second session of the Toddycats Engage! Recognising the need for citizen participation in Singapore, in this series of meetings coordinated by Tan Peng Ting and Marcus Tay, Raffles Museum volunteers meet to identify problems, suggest solutions, engage the relevant parties and follow up on the issues.


Getting to know each other before the session begins.

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