27 Jun '15, 4am

First marine action plan launched to protect Singapore's underwater biodiversity

SINGAPORE - Marine habitats such as coral reef or sandy seabed ecosystems, and the plants and animals associated with them, will be better protected under a new Marine Conservation Action Plan launched by the Government on Saturday morning. The first-of-its-kind action plan will set out conservation projects, including species-recovery efforts that aim to increase the population of endangered native species like the giant clam and the Neptune Cup Sponge. The sponge was thought to be globally extinct since the 1900s, until it was re-discovered off Singapore's St John's Island in 2011. A turtle hatchery sponsored by HSBC bank will also be set up on the Sisters' Islands Marine Park, which was announced last July. The $500,000 hatchery will nurture green and hawksbill turtles to repopulate the seas. Under the plan, the National Parks Board (NParks) will also be piloting initia...

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