On another overnight sampling trip last week with staff and students from Republic Polytechnic we caught 2 Slender Bamboosharks (Chiloscyllium indicum). Again, information on these animals is limited, so identifying a site where we can conduct further research on their movement was fantastic!
Bamboo sharks tend to be nocturnal which means long over-night fishing trips. There are a few good sites out there and the project will now start looking at the stomach contents of animals to determine what they are feeding on.
Our search for sharks in Singapore waters continues.
It's not only marine life that you come into contact with in the field. Our mangroves in Singapore provide vital habitat to a range of snakes.
A number of NGOs are involved in the importantjob of raising awareness about the use of sharks as food in Singapore. A new report by TRAFFIC, however, shows that there is more to be done to help us manage Singapore's international impact on shark population.
For the full report, visit: http://www.traffic.org/storage/traffic-sg-sharkray-trade.pdf
Last week we ran a succesful tag-team public lecture at JCU Singapore on sharks in Singapore and ecotourism for shark conservation in Lombok. Thanks again to Kathy Xu from thedorsaleffect for her insight into what someone can do if they put their mind to it to aid shark conservation.
Neil obtained funding in December from the Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund to study bamboosharks around Singapore. This collaboration between researchers at James Cook University Singapore, Republic Polytechnic, the National Parks Board and University of Guam will involve tagging these small sharks to understand more about their ecology. Watch this space and check out the bambooshark project page link at the top of your screen. More detail to be added.
In 2016 Neil collaborated with Dr Dan Friess (NUS) and Rayna Ben-Zeev (Fulbright) to examine fish in Singaporean mangroves. Here was Rayna presenting her postrer at the MMM4 meeting in Florida. We also presented the work with the “Restore Ubin Mangroves Initiative” to the public and Ministers Lawrence Wong and Desmond Lee at the Pesta Ubin open day, raising awareness of both the project and local stakeholder engagement https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1713234755584731&type=1