|Nor Aishah in striped shirt briefing the team at Chek Jawa.|
Nor Aishah gives a great briefing regardless of the weather!
|Nor Aishah briefs the team while we wait for the lightning to clear.|
|Siti administers first aid to Nor Aishah's stung foot. |
Whereupon we abandoned her on the high shore
while we went on with setting up the transacts. A hero indeed!
Watching Seagrass Grow: Reflections of a Volunteer
in My Green Space Issue 17
|Knobby Sea Stars amid the seagrass at Cyrene Reef – in the background is Jurong Island.|
What is seagrass?
Seagrass is a group of flowering marine plants that are found in coastal waters down to depths of 50 or 60m. It is found in both tropical and temperate climates. Though the name may indicate otherwise, seagrasses are not true grasses. They are more closely related to the lily family.
|A Peacock Anemone nestled amid the seagrass at Cyrene Reef.|
|A Grey Bonnet Snail at Cyrene Reef.|
Who or what is TeamSeagrass?
TeamSeagrass is a collaboration between the National Parks Board’s (NParks) National Biodiversity Centre and Seagrass-Watch. It comprises volunteers from all walks of life and it regularly monitors various seagrass meadows in Singapore.
The main study sites are Chek Jawa, Pulau Semakau and Cyrene Reef. The data collected is submitted to NParks and Seagrass-Watch. This data gives us a better understanding, as well as aids in the management, of Singapore’s seagrasses .
|Volunteers with TeamSeagrass distributing the equipment at Cyrene Reef.|
|A Polka-dot Nudibranch at Cyrene Reef.|
When I share stories and sightings from my seagrass monitoring trips with friends and family, they are amazed at what we can find here. Most of them thought they had to go to other countries to experience these things.
|Replacing the stakes that mark the start of the transects at Pulau Semakau.|
I look forward to many more years of good work with TeamSeagrass!
Photos and story by Nor Aishah M. Rashid
Nor Aishah M. Rashid is a librarian and nature-lover. As TeamSeagrass’s Top Nerd, she guides newbies in the art of seagrass monitoring. She has been a volunteer with the team since 2007
If you wish to learn more about TeamSeagrass or to volunteer your time, visit our blog and for more information about seagrasses in Singapore, visit the Seagrass-Watch page on Singapore.