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Singapore to have its first Marine Park

Postby JR8 » Wed, 16 Jul 2014 6:09 pm

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 56322.html
'Singapore to have its first Marine Park on Sisters' Islands'
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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 16 Jul 2014 7:56 pm

Long, long since fished and farmed out.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 16 Jul 2014 8:11 pm

I've snorkelled St. John's and also Kusu* - can't see the hand in front of your face. Quite like diving in the English Channel!! That in itself is actually not the issue, but if accustomed to such conditions, you still hope to see SOMETHING beyond a muddy bottom ... and, er, mud.

Amusing to see all the waters on the south completely destroyed by trade (shipping etc), then a declaration amongst the utter wasteland of some imagined sanctuary.



* There is arguably no point paying to get down there to dive them, if there was I'd do it just for the novelty of it ...

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 9:01 am

Based on one of my projects at St John's, working closely where TMSI facility is, you can still see something but usually not near the shores and definitely not on the passenger jetty side (I'm talking about south side).

I can hardly imagine anything exotic there though. Very likely artificial marine park with man-made facilities with some tropical species introduced here and there, and, God forbid, some foreign species in tanks. But by saying that, I'm probably describing aquarium instead.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 9:47 am

the lynx wrote:Based on one of my projects at St John's, working closely where TMSI facility is, you can still see something but usually not near the shores and definitely not on the passenger jetty side (I'm talking about south side).

I can hardly imagine anything exotic there though. Very likely artificial marine park with man-made facilities with some tropical species introduced here and there, and, God forbid, some foreign species in tanks. But by saying that, I'm probably describing aquarium instead.


Kusu Island seems to be used for people qualifying for the PADI dive cert. They do their final open water dives down there. I recall being asked by a dive shop if I wanted to go and accompany a group of said students there. Not my kind of destination, though you will hear people getting very excited about seeing Frogfish there, and macro stuff. One person I know who dives there even takes a magnifying glass with her... yeah really! :)

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Postby bgd » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:51 am

the lynx wrote:Based on one of my projects at St John's, working closely where TMSI facility is, you can still see something but usually not near the shores and definitely not on the passenger jetty side (I'm talking about south side).

I can hardly imagine anything exotic there though. Very likely artificial marine park with man-made facilities with some tropical species introduced here and there, and, God forbid, some foreign species in tanks. But by saying that, I'm probably describing aquarium instead.


And don't forget the piped musik :wink:

I have dived around Hantu in the Malaysian off season and the viz is generally pretty bad. Chatting to a Singaporean he said as a kid the waters around there were very clear. He reckoned that the reclaimation ruined the waters around Singapore. That and the shipping I guess.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27 am

bgd wrote:I have dived around Hantu


Yep oops. When I said Kusu in my previous, I meant Hantu...


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