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runez

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Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
« on: 27 Jun 15, 17:37 »
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  • First marine action plan launched to protect Singapore's underwater biodiversity

    http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/environment/story/first-marine-masterplan-launched-protect-singapores-underwater-biod#1



    "Under the plan, the National Parks Board (NParks) will also be piloting initiatives to get more Singaporeans interested in marine life. Two dive trails, complete with 20 underwater signboards that serve as activity stations and markers, will be open for approved dive operators to take scuba divers on dive trips in September 2015.

    Approved dive operators must agree to abide by a code of conduct, such as ensuring their divers do not collect or intentionally disturb marine life, and that they have good buoyancy control - a key skill in avoiding kicking up sediment and destroying marine creatures. A finalised list will be put up on the Sisters' Islands Marine Park at a later date, NParks said.

    The two dive trails are located at different depths, and will expose divers to different types of marine life, from hard coral that grow at shallower depths of 4 to 6m, to sea fans that populate the sea floor 16m under.
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    Looks interesting! Can't wait to try it out.
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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #1 on: 27 Jun 15, 19:58 »
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  • Next question... when will it open and how fast will local dive operator start going there...  :D
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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #2 on: 27 Jun 15, 22:03 »
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  • This is a good first step for local conservation. Excited! :)

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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #3 on: 27 Jun 15, 22:14 »
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  • Actually...  I am a little disappointed that they are doing it so soon. I was hoping that it will be a few years later before they allow divers. 

    The walkabout tour now is limited people and time.  That is good.  I hope they do the same for the diving.  Limit the number of people.... It's really the only nice decent place we have zone up for this in this concrete city we live in.

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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #5 on: 28 Jun 15, 23:46 »
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  • Actually...  I am a little disappointed that they are doing it so soon. I was hoping that it will be a few years later before they allow divers. 

    The walkabout tour now is limited people and time.  That is good.  I hope they do the same for the diving.  Limit the number of people.... It's really the only nice decent place we have zone up for this in this concrete city we live in.

    "Only dive operators approved by NParks can conduct the dives, and they must adhere to a code of conduct.

    For example, they must ensure that their divers do not take, intentionally disturb or touch marine life, and that they practise good buoyancy control - an important skill so as to avoid kicking, damaging and potentially killing marine life.

    For now, NParks said the plan is to limit the dive trail to a maximum of 20 divers, or two standard boat-loads, at any one time to ensure minimal damage and avoid overcrowding. But it is also doing a feasibility study to firm up the numbers.
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    It was reported that NParks will impose a code of conduct to dive operators, which is definitely a good move.

    The dive trails fall within MPA's approved zone for recreational divers, which makes me wonder if NPark's "Code of Conduct" is enforceable, as I suppose any boat can legally dive there without seeking prior approval?



    I think it's a great move by NParks to spread awareness of the conservation efforts going on in Singapore as well as to educate the general public of our local marine life. How often have you guys heard that local diving has "nothing to offer"? :)
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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #6 on: 29 Jun 15, 12:25 »
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  • first in the world to hv signs/stations underwater ... haha. wat a joke   

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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #7 on: 29 Jun 15, 16:17 »
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  • how do dive operators ensure that divers have good buoyancy control? haha

    actually if they really want to promote marine awareness, they should have the "sea walker" type of activities.. the surface supplied system

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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #8 on: 29 Jun 15, 19:20 »
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  • how do dive operators ensure that divers have good buoyancy control? haha

    actually if they really want to promote marine awareness, they should have the "sea walker" type of activities.. the surface supplied system
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    Re: Sisters' Island Marine Park Dive Trail
    « Reply #9 on: 29 Jun 15, 20:02 »
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  • I thought they have already done one at Sentosa Aquarium?