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  wild rescue: Labrador Park Watch incident

Mindy is leading this new project to literally keep a watch on the shore of our only marine reserve at Labrador Park.

On Sunday 1 Aug, Mindy and four other volunteers on duty stopped two guys who were attempting to remove some corals from the shore.

Here's what Mindy has to say about the incident:

"When Jeryl approached them to ask if they had a permit to collect these corals, they replied no. When Jeryl told them that it was illegal to take the corals they replied that they were not aware of that. Jeryl explained that there were signs telling the public that they were not suppose to take any marine life from the beach, the poachers said that they did not read the signs and they thought they were "saving" the corals by putting them in their tanks. They also mentioned that they had been there since 6.00am in the morning.

When Labrador Park Watch volunteers took a closer look, we found that they had already poached/broken at least 8 corals and placed them in their pails or they wrapped them in newspaper and put them in another pail underneath their equipment.

After telling them that the volunteers were at the park to protect the corals and prevent/educate people from taking other forms of marine life, they were cooperative and offered to put back the corals in the sea. However, on closer inspection some corals were broken and there was little chance of them surviving in high tide conditions."

Here's your chance to make a BIG difference! Instantly!
Sign up for the Labrador Park Watch programme

What role can volunteers play?
The main role of park watch volunteers is to prevent the collection of marine life without a permit and thereby maintaining the viability of the intertidal community at Labrador Park. This will be done primarily by raising their awareness of the beauty of marine life, the importance of its continued survival and conservation and the role the public can play in Labrador's preservation.

What is required of the volunteers?
Just turn up during low tide and we will guide you on what you have to do.

Not only will you be making a difference, but you also will get to enjoy a quiet view of the shoreline and possibly a glorious sunrise or sunset.

When are the duty dates? How to sign up?
Please email Mindy at lpw_volunteers@yahoo.com.sg for more details.

More details...
For more about Mindy
Labrador Park and what the Labrador Park shore can be.
mms uploads of a Labrador Park Watch session.
For more on what you can do to make a difference for nature.
Posted by peacebird Posted on 06/08/04 21:07
Thanks for bringing up the subject, Ria...Hope now people would know it is harmful to collect anything from the Labrador beach. Singapore is a better place with a person like Mindy, keep it up!

Posted by Ria Posted on 06/08/04 21:10
Thanks peacebird for your encouraging support. Yes, indeed, it is only because right-minded people come forward to make their quiet contribution that we can slowly make some headway in a better awareness and thus improvement of the situation.

Posted by overwriter Posted on 11/08/04 16:10
Its amazing how many people do not read the sign on their way down to Labrador Beach! Is Labrador on the cleanup list for the ICC this year? There was quite a bit to cleanup when I was there last Tuesday morning.

Posted by Ria Posted on 11/08/04 17:19
In fact they probably DO read the sign but probably choose not to understand it. Apparently the two guys who came to remove corals said they thought the sign meant they could not remove crabs and shells only as there was no picture of corals in the sign....sigh. Not sure about ICCS and Labrador, will check it up for you yah. Will we see you for Park Watch? :-)

Posted by Ria Posted on 12/08/04 16:17
Dear overwriter, I've done a check and it appears that students on the seashore life programme regularly take care of the Labrador beach so there is actually very little litter there. I must agree. I've seen places where litter is NEVER removed and the litter can be metres high. But thanks for the question, very timely and now I also know the answer :-)

Posted by overwriter Posted on 13/08/04 10:51 Hey Ria! When/where is Park Watch? We've actually met before. I don't know if you remember, at Chek Jawa. I came with you to look at seagrass? How are you? Sorry I rushed off after the trip last time. I'm back in Singapore at the moment, but will probably be flying off this weekend. :(

Posted by Ria Posted on 14/08/04 10:09
Dear overwriter, Glad that we've met (but I'm struggling to place you precisely. I've brought a fair number of folks to CJ to look at all kinds of things, sorry hor :-) The next Park Watch session is in Sep, but I'm planning field trips to the Southern Shores next week and end of Aug for the last of the super low tides for the entire year. Email me at hello@wildsingapore.com yah? Then I can send you more details.

Two guys were removing corals
on Labrador shore

A volunteer speaking to
one of the guys

The guys were well equipped
and knew what they were doing

Some of the corals that they
intended to remove

Long explanations are posted
at the entrance of the shore
on why marine life should
not be removed from Labrador

Several of these signs are
clearly posted along the shore

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