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New ocean park to be in southern Sisters’ Islands

Visitors to Singapore can soon expect a new attraction in the form of a marine park in its southern Sisters’ Islands, TTG Asia reports.

In a speech at the launch of the Festival of Biodiversity 2014 on Saturday, minister of state for national development, Desmond Lee, revealed that the new park will span about 40ha, around Sisters’ Islands and along the western reefs of St John’s Island and Pulau Tekukor.

The National Parks Board (NParks) is working with marine nature groups on guided inter-tidal walks and dive trips featuring a variety of coral, fish and other marine life.

For a start, from next month, guided walks will be organised at Big Sister’s Island. NParks will also put in place basic facilities for outreach and education activities on St John’s Island.

Lee also revealed that nurseries would be established to conserve marine organisms such as giant clams and corals and reintroduce them into Singapore’s waters. The park will be used, too, for research on tropical marine ecosystems to further NParks’ understanding on marine environment conservation.

There are plans for downloadable trail guides, explanatory signs and live streaming of the islands’ wildlife. NParks will be doing a feasibility study to fully map the islands, take a census of reef life and work out how many visitors can be allowed without harming wildlife.

TTG Asia

[photo courtesy YourSingapore.com]

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