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Marine trash sampling at Lim Chu Kang Beach and Mangrove on 17 Dec 2017 (Su...

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695 Lim Chu Kang Rd

Near Lim Chu Kang Jetty

Singapore, 709654

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Join us in a sampling for marine trash at the Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove! Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) would be collected from 7 quadrats (2.5 m by 2.5 m) in a systematic manner and supplies such as trash bags, sieves and gloves would be provided. Your participation would contribute valuable data to the NUS-NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme and would be used to establish the baseline data of marine trash in Singapore. Interested to find out more? Please refer to the webpage here: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/nus‒nparks-marine-debris-monitoring-programme/

The trial sampling would be done at the beach and mangrove next to the Lim Chu Kang Jetty on 17 Dec 2017, Sunday, 2:00pm - 5:30pm. Chartered bus would be provided to bring participants to and fro Kranji MRT and the sampling location at end of Lim Chu Kang Road.

About the site: Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove is an unprotected but precious patch of wetland, located in the northwest of Singapore. Incoming trash from the Johor Strait is regularly deposited on the shoreline and impacts the animals, plants and organisms of the ecosystem there.

Itinerary:

  • 2:00pm Bus pick-up at bus stop at Kranji MRT (Bus code: 45139)

  • 2:15pm (30 min) – Safety and procedure briefing. Apply insect repellent, and distribution of gloves and trash bags.

  • 2:45pm (60 min) – Set up quadrats and begin macro-debris collection, categorisation, counting and data recording of macro-debris.

  • 3:45pm (40 – 60 min) – End of macro-debris sampling; Distribute sieves and begin sampling of microplastics

  • 4:45pm (15 min) – End of microplastics sampling; Transport of trash bags to Trash Disposal Point; Debrief

  • 5:00pm (15 min) Participants clean up; there are no public amenities in this area and your legs must be clean to enter the bus. So bring some water.

  • 5:15pm – End of event; Bus depart for Kranji MRT.

Things to note:

  1. Transport to Lim Chu Kang and cleanup supplies such as gloves, trash bags, and weighing scales will be provided.
  2. You must wear hard-soled covered shoes or booties to protect your feet from hazards, else you won’t be able to participate in the sampling. Slippers and sandals are not allowed. Be prepared for ankle-deep mud.
  3. A change of clothes is recommended after a sweaty workout.
  4. You must be clean to enter the bus – bring a cloth and extra water to do this.
  5. Long pants are recommended to protect your legs from insect bites.
  6. We will continue the sampling in rain (bring rain gear) but cease if there is threat of lightning.

Things to bring:

  1. Water bottle (with at least one litre of water)
  2. Hat, sun block and/or insect repellent
  3. Reusable raincoat/poncho (we will work in light rain)
  4. Change of clothes for public transport

Be prepared:

  1. Sleep early the night before
  2. Have a decent lunch– It’s hard work!
  3. Be punctual as the tide waits for no one!
  4. Please read our advice to participants to prepare yourself for the sampling exercise!

Thank you for your interest and see you on the beach!

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695 Lim Chu Kang Rd

Near Lim Chu Kang Jetty

Singapore, 709654

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