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Marine habitats and their civil advocates

Volunteer groups in S'pore, unsung heroes of conservation, have made a big impact

A fragment of a pink plastic bag, which could be easily mistaken by marine animals as red algae, found within a meadow of seaweed. Marine civil society groups in Singapore often organise clean-ups of local waters and shores, as well as help to collec
A fragment of a pink plastic bag, which could be easily mistaken by marine animals as red algae, found within a meadow of seaweed. Marine civil society groups in Singapore often organise clean-ups of local waters and shores, as well as help to collect much-needed data.PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAM SHU QIN

As the volunteer scuba divers descended into the waters off Lazarus Island, which lies south of Singapore, they were treated immediately to the sight of multiple marine animals and plants.

Close to 20 per cent of the seabed was covered with coral, and a school of rabbitfish weaved in and out while nibbling on luscious green algae.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'Marine habitats and their civil advocates '. Subscribe