Singapore aims for its first marine Hope Spot

Proposal for Sisters' Islands Marine Park to join global network of precious marine areas

Left: American oceanographer Sylvia Earle started the "Hope Spot" initiative in 2009 to draw public attention to marine areas that may need more protection. Far left: If Singapore's bid is successful, Sisters' Islands Marine Park might join the ranks
American oceanographer Sylvia Earle started the "Hope Spot" initiative in 2009 to draw public attention to marine areas that may need more protection. PHOTO: DESMOND FOO, ST FILE
Left: American oceanographer Sylvia Earle started the "Hope Spot" initiative in 2009 to draw public attention to marine areas that may need more protection. Far left: If Singapore's bid is successful, Sisters' Islands Marine Park might join the ranks
If Singapore's bid is successful, Sisters' Islands Marine Park might join the ranks of over 100 other Hope Spots around the world, such as Monterey Bay in California and the Indo-Pacific's Coral Triangle. PHOTO: DESMOND FOO, ST FILE

Hope is blooming in Singapore's waters, murky though some areas may have become.

Sisters' Islands Marine Park might be designated Singapore's first "Hope Spot" under an international initiative to draw public attention to marine areas that may need more protection.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore aims for its first marine Hope Spot'. Subscribe