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Singapore establishes its first Marine Park

Singapore's southern Sisters' Islands, and the waters around them, will be the site of the country's first marine park.
Singapore government  |  Establishing Singapore’s First Marine Park    |   07-16-2014
The Sisters' Islands Marine Park will span about 40 hectares around Sisters' Islands and along the western reefs of both St John's Island and Pulau Tekukor. The location was chosen due to its variety of habitats including coral reefs, sandy shores and seagrass areas.

With the new Sisters' Island Marine Park, I hope that even more Singaporeans will enjoy and value our natural richness-The charm of the Sisters' Islands is in their undeveloped character, and... the marine environment is fragile.

—Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development

The Sisters’ Islands Marine Park will protect Singapore’s coral reefs, which support an ecosystem inhabited by rare and endangered species of seahorses, clams, sponges and other marine life. More than 250 species of hard corals can be found in Singapore’s waters out of over 500 species within the region.

Being located in close proximity to one of the world’s busiest ports, the Marine Park will provide a safe refuge for the teeming biodiversity around the Southern Islands and its surrounding waters, as well as safeguard the natural heritage of Singapore.

A number of nature groups have come on board to offer outreach activities like intertidal walks and guided dives to encourage greater appreciation of Singapore's native marine biodiversity.

Following the introductory guided walks held this year, more activities are being planned for roll out next year. These include workshops, seminars, camps and talks at the outreach and education centre on St John's Island. School groups can also be involved in monitoring programmes which will contribute to data collected for marine biodiversity research.

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Map of Sisters’ Islands Marine Park
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