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The seas near Henoko point in Nago, where a new U. Those opposed to relocating the U. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma functions from Ginowan in the same prefecture to Henoko say building the airfield would destroy the sea cow's feeding grounds. The review of the entire list is being done for the first time in seven to 10 years.

Friday's additions covered six groups, including mammals and fish. The list is used in assessing the impact of development and deciding environmental protection moves.

Details on species whose continued existence is threatened are compiled and published as a Red Data Book. Source and Full article: Seagrass-Watch is a partner of Okinawa Jangusa-Watch. This plea from Sara Lourie of Canada echoes the feelings of more than people worldwide who responded to a campaign by local environmentalists to save the estuary.

The online petition by Save Our Seahorses SOS action committee has collected more than signatures in a bid to stop a local company from building a chemical industries estate at the estuary. The estate, to be built on ha of cleared mangrove land, will house heavy industries producing plastic, paints, pesticides and chemical products.

SOS action committee chairman, Choo Chee Kuang said response to the petition was overwhelming and he was confident that in a couple of days, SOS would reach its target of collecting 5, signatures. Elena Gageanu from Romania says: Continuing the destruction of ecosystems such as the Sungai Pulai estuary will only lead to our own extinction!

Jarina Mohd Jani from the United Kingdom said: Hope the decision makers would reconsider. The local response was also loud and clear with A.

Since September , SOS volunteers have used Seagrass-Watch monitoring techniques to monitor the seagrass meadows located between Malaysia and Singapore. Garbage dumps are generally not associated with thriving coral reefs, vast mangrove plantations and rare bird species. Yet on Pulau Semakau off Singapore, this is exactly what you will find: Located 8 kilometers south of Singapore and covering an area of 3.

It consists of two small islands that have been connected by a rock embankment. The area inside the landfill is divided into 11 bays, known as 'cells', which are lined with thick plastic and clay to prevent any harmful material from seeping into the sea. What distinguishes Semakau from other landfills is that it is clean and free of smell. Two mangrove groves that were destroyed when the embankment was built have been replanted near the landfill and today they serve as biological indicators for the local environment.

Together with the island's other ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs and sandy shores, the mangroves serve as a habitat for a variety of birds, fish and plants. In fact, biodiversity remains high and we have not lost a single species because of the landfill," says Wang Luan Keng, an education and research officer at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research RMBR in Singapore.

In July , the government decided to open the western part of Semakau up to the public for recreational purposes. Today there are guided nature walks along the island's coast, while sports fishing and bird watching associations also organize special excursions to the island. Thus, the Semakau Landfill project has inadvertently turned into more than just a trash dump; it is becoming an educational project and could serve as a model for sustainable urban development around the world.

Some nature lovers criticize the project, but in the end we have to throw our rubbish somewhere and this is a good solution," says Tan.

Pulau Semakau from the air Image courtesy of http: Fisherman Abdul Rahman Salleh put his 11 children through school on the money that he made catching fish in the Sungai Pulai estuary. But these days, he has little to show for hours of work. Abdul Rahman, who represents fishermen from Pendas to Gelang Patah, has been forced to sell his house to make ends meet.

As if that were not bad enough, there are now plans to build an industrial estate in the area which will host heavy industries. These include makers of plastics, paints, pesticides and chemical products. There will also be a chemical incinerator and facilities to process toxic and hazardous wastes.

Part of the development eats into a 91sq km area that is gazetted as protected wetlands under the Ramsar Convention. This could cause some families living here to lose their traditional way of life and source of income.

Twenty years ago, a substantial tract of mangrove forest was cleared to build the port and power plant. This resulted in heavy silting which led to heavy growth of seaweed. This, in turn, blocked sunlight filtering down to the seagrass beds, reducing the amount of food that was available to fish, prawns and dugong. Hanuar Isa left and Abdul Rahman Salleh showing some of the Ulva reticulata seaweed that is choking the life out of the Sungai Pulai estuary Image courtesy of nstonline.

The aim of the study is to develop holistic strategies to conserve the three ecosystems, which will be helpful for different stake holders involved in the management of marine resources in the region. The study will be carried out at a cost of Rs. The institutions had chosen areas in and around Poomarichan, Hare and Manoli islands for the study, all of which are part of the Mandapam group of islands.

Characteristics of the areas surrounding these islands are ideal for comparison to delineate the inter-relationship among the ecosystems. Kathiresan said that micro level studies would concentrate on assessment of biomarkers such as fatty acids and stable isotopes in the ecosystems, to understand how much one system was dependent on the other. Likewise, physical, biological and chemical data, including productivity, coral growth, coral recruits, mangrove growth and its health, seagrass shoots and its growth and fishery production, would be collected.

The final report would feature a set of codes for the improvement of health of ecosystem. Margaret Parr has become a passionate Seagrass-Watch local coordinator, and since joining the local group in is now the longest-serving volunteer in Queensland.

Seagrass-Watch is a volunteer program where members of the public join with Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries experts to monitor the health of seagrass meadows along the Queensland coast.

Seagrass meadows are an important indicator of the health of the aquatic ecosystem, and many marine species, including commericially and recreationally valued fish and the iconic dugong, rely on seagrass for their existence. Margaret said she first joined Seagrass-Watch to assist her daughter Amanda, who had volunteered to coordinate a Pioneer Bay group. After a few months, Amanda left the district, but Margaret had been well and truly bitten by the Seagrass-Watch bug!

Margaret believes there are four main reasons why Seagrass-Watch became an important part of her life. The poster is on display in the Research Room at House No.

For a larger version of the poster visit: The numbers of fat dugongs, happy turtles and fleshy prawns could be on the rise at Cairns Port, a new report suggests.

A joint Cairns Port Authority and Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries report indicates seagrass, which provides fertile breeding grounds for marine life, is at record levels. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries scientist Michael Rasheed said the region's seagrass, which suffered from a inter-tidal "drought", had recovered.

The report was good news for turtles, dugongs, prawns and fish that feed on the grass with healthy grasses a sign of good water quality. Optimistic seagrass scientist Michael Rasheed retrieves photographic equipment used to monitor the quality of seagrass at Cairns Port.

Picture by Norbert von der Heidt. Program leader and principal scientist of Seagrass-Watch Len McKenzie said the lessons included seagrass identification, background on seagrass ecology and importance, and how to monitor sea grasses using the Seagrass-Watch protocols.

He said on Saturday a group of nature volunteers gave up part of their long weekend for the workshop, an opportunity for watchers to see the trends in their data. The afternoon was spent monitoring a site at Nasese. He said the effort was part of Fiji's participation in Seagrass-Watch, the world's largest scientific, non-destructive, seagrass assessment and monitoring program. Mr Mckenzie said the program aimed to raise awareness on the condition and trend of nearshore seagrass ecosystems and provide an early warning of any major coastal environment changes.

He said they played an important role in maintaining coastal water quality by buffering run-off of sediments and nutrients from the land before reaching reefs, stabilised sediments and helped prevent coastal erosion. He said this was particularly important with increases in storms and sea level because of climate change. Mr McKenzie said the seagrass foraging areas in Fiji may well be providing foraging habitat for more than half of the adult green turtles in the central South Pacific and the need to protect these foraging areas was becoming widely recognised as a critical part of sea turtle conservation.

He said five seagrass species and one subspecies were reported from Fiji. He said one of the most active Seagrass-Watch groups in Fiji was on Ovalau where every three months, volunteers from Levuka trekked to reef flats off Cawaci to monitor the seagrasses during the low spring tides. Posa Skelton, local co-coordinator for the Townsville-Thuringowa Seagrass-Watch received an award during Townsville's week long celebration of World Environment day.

The award was in recognition for his significant contribution towards environmental protection and improvement in Townsville. Get inspired, get involved and celebrate is the message to all on World Oceans day.

This dominating feature sure calls for recognition as nations and communities embark to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8. World Oceans Day has been celebrated since and on this day communities and organisations take the opportunity to engage in activities that promote this unique and vast environment.

The oceans play a vital role that at times goes unnoticed in local communities. Pacific island communities have cultural and traditional connections to the sea. These traditional and cultural identities are usually displayed in myths, songs, legends, art, dances, customs and our very own diet.

Students from Udu collect data from seagrass monitoring every term and send to WWF. They have their own equipments to carry out the monitoring and have been trained by WWF and are assisted by the teachers and community trainer. Since the mids global temperatures have increased by about 0.

Current climate change predictions are not encouraging; they estimate further increases in temperatures of 1. Even if all human sources of greenhouse gas emissions are stopped immediately, the impacts of climate change would continue for 50 years.

Climate change is already forcing biodiversity to adapt either through shifting habitat, changing life cycles, or the development of new physical traits. Other species will face more unusual challenges. The sex of sea turtle hatchlings, for example, is temperature dependent with warmer temperatures increasing the number of female sea turtles at the expense of males. Those species that are unable to adapt are facing extinction. In fact, predictions estimate that up to 1 million species may become extinct as a result of climate change.

The links between biodiversity and climate change run both ways: Source and Full Article: The Northern Territory Government's marine enforcement authority says it's investigated the recent deaths of two dugongs at the mouth of the Wearyan River near Borroloola but can't do anything more.

At the end of last month, a mother and a calf died after being caught in a commercial fishing net. A spokesman from the Marine and Fisheries Enforcement Section says the net belonged to a commercial barramundi fisherman from the Territory. He says under the Parks and Wildlife Act, someone has to intend to kill the animal, and in this case that wasn't the scenario.

The south-west of the Gulf of Carpentaria is one of the dugong's major habitats in Australia The latest dugongs were found in the Gulf of Carpentaria, near Borroloola by a Victorian tourist, who took these photos. The funding is available for fishing operators affected by the Commonwealth's licence buyback scheme and people now have until 25 May to apply for funding for a range of projects.

Rounds 1, 2 3 and 4 have proved popular. Round 5 may be the last opportunity to access this great opportunity. A broad range of recreational fishing projects are being funded, including boat ramps, jetties and fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, improving angler safety, increasing participation, providing facilities and education and awareness initiatives.

Environmental projects are also being funded, including fish passage, resnagging, riparian rehabilitation, seagrass protection, artificial reefs, habitat activities and so on. For more information www.

Dugongs were the big winners at a reef and rainforest conference, with news that their favourite food, seagrass, has been virtually unaffected by the introduction of the Great Barrier Reef marine park zones. The study, which looked at the distribution of seagrass before and after the introduction of zoning, showed the marine plant was a robust survivor of human activities and natural pressures on the reef. MTSRF managing director Russell Reichelt said the revelation about seagrass was good news for authorities, who would be able to better manage the main food source for dugongs.

We now know seagrass is stable over long period, and robust to the natural variations we've seen in the last 10 years. Another unique method of monitoring the health of the reef was discussed yesterday, using tiny marine creatures called Forams, as indicators of water quality.

Forams are small white buttons with natural holes in the middle which wash up on coral beaches. The researchers are developing new ways for Australia to look after its priceless natural assets such as the Wet Tropics rainforests and Great Barrier Reef which are under pressure from the effects of climate change, increased use and rapid economic growth in the region. This first meeting brings together a unique combination of experts and will highlight impacts of and responses to climate change on tropical rainforests and the reef, the impacts of water quality on the reef, the changes measured since the introduction of the Great Barrier Reef Zoning Plan, and the impacts of increasing population pressure on our World Heritage listed environments.

RRRC Managing Director, Russell Reichelt, said the quality of the scientific research carried out by the MTSRF is very important if we are to solve the big environmental questions, such as how Australian communities and industry can adapt to trends in climate change that are already having an effect on our reefs and tropical rainforests.

It will inform both industry and government managers on the available options for improving environmental management while encouraging environmentally responsible economic development that will benefit future generations. Rampant land clearing and sand mining have made Kota Tinggi prone to flash floods. With over tributaries converging into Sungai Johor, which cuts through this historical town, it is prone to flooding whenever there is excessive rain.

He said the nutrient level of the water samples collected from the Straits of Johor showed there was a risk of algal bloom in the region. This has ecological effects on the shallow coastal and estuarine areas.

Noor Baharim said the authorities could adopt best management practices BMP , which included building buffer zones and ponds to eradicate flash flood woes. A research programme to monitor the water quality and velocity is also vital, as an efficient flood warning system can predict a flood two days in advance.

Noor Baharim said land-clearing activities should not be carried out , especially during the monsoon period. Six villages took part in a district project on the island of Gau in the Lomaiviti Province and have been rewarded for their hard work on their resource management project. Called the Mositi Vanuaso Project, initial planning stages of this community initiative started in and got off to a start in This is an environmental project which encourages villagers to manage their environmental resources to ensure there is something for future generations.

University of the South Pacific academic, Dr Joeli Veitayaki, who hails from Gau, has been involved in the project since it started in and is very proud of the changes that have come about as a result of the project. Dr Veitayaki says discussions on the project started in after the women in the six villages of the Vanuaso district found that fish numbers had decreased. With a bit of funding from USP, Dr Veitayaki says workshops were conducted on ways for villagers to manage their resources, not only for their sustenance but for the future generations.

He lists some of the impacts of human activities as the change and degradation of marine habitats like coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests; the alteration in coastal vegetation; pollution of rivers and coastal waters which is done mainly through pollutants and nutrient enrichments associated with settlements. The project is benefiting the communities which are very supportive of the initiative.

The seismic jolt that unleashed the deadly Solomons tsunami this week lifted an entire island metres out of the sea, destroying some of the world's most pristine coral reefs.

In an instant, the grinding of the Earth's tectonic plates in the 8. Submerged reefs that once attracted scuba divers from around the globe lie exposed and dying after the quake raised the mountainous landmass, which is 32 kilometres long and eight kilometres wide. Corals that used to form an underwater wonderland of iridescent blues, greens and reds now bleach under the sun, transforming into a barren moonscape surrounding the island.

The stench of rotting fish and other marine life stranded on the reefs when the seas receded is overwhelming and the once vibrant coral is dry and crunches underfoot. Dazed villagers stand on the shoreline, still coming to terms with the cataclysmic shift that changed the geography of their island forever, pushing the shoreline out to sea by up to 70 metres. Aid agencies have yet to reach Ranongga after the quake and tsunami that killed at least 34 people in the Pacific archipelago.

At Pienuna, on Ranongga's east coast, locals said much of their harbour had disappeared, leaving only a narrow inlet lined by jagged exposed coral reefs either side. Villager Harison Gago said there were huge earthquake fissures which had almost split the island in half, gesturing with his hands that some of the cracks were 50 centimetres wide. Further north at Niu Barae, fisherman Hendrik Kegala who had explored the new underwater landscape of the island with a snorkel said a huge submerged chasm had opened up, running at least metres parallel to the coast.

Mr Kegala said that from the perspective of those on the island, the sea appeared to recede and villagers still feared it would come back again as a tsunami, making them reluctant to return from higher ground where they fled.

Click Here or Click Here. The report singles out 10 micro-regions across the globe already being affected by climate change and warns of bleak futures if action is not taken. The Great Barrier Reef is the most at risk and is the only Australian region on the list. WWF marine spokesman Richard Leck said if global emissions were not addressed, 97 per cent of the reef could be lost in repetitive annual bleachings by , devastating the environment and the multi-billion dollar tourist industry.

The report recommends the Federal Government set emission targets which will peak and fall by The targets would be below 20 to 30 per cent of levels by and 60 to 80 per cent below by Nutrient, mud and chemical pollution run-off from farming the area was also identified in the report.

WWF's Australian water program leader Nick Heath said money was needed to improve farming practices and buy back environmentally sensitive land from farming. The report comes as the world's top scientists in Brussels prepare to release the second of three reports, which warn of dire consequences from global warming. The Australian government will do everything it can to prevent the demise of the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming, the environment minister said Saturday after a U.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report in Brussels on Friday on the predicted global impact of rising temperatures.

Bleaching of the 2, kilometer- 1, mile reef — colorful coral turning white as the animals inside it die — could become an annual event and threaten its survival by because of rising ocean temperatures, the report said. Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the death of the reef was at the extreme end of a range of likely consequences of global warming.

The Great Barrier Reef faces a colourless future if the Australian government does not act quickly, a new report by conservation group WWF warns. Queensland's Great Barrier Reef rates alongside the Amazon, melting glaciers in the Himalayas, and the Upper Yangtze river in China and is the only Australian region on the list.

WWF's Australian water program leader Nick Heath said money was needed to improve farming practices and purchase environmentally sensitive land back that should be removed from farming to re-establish wetlands.

The WWF report comes as the world's top scientists in Brussels prepare to release the second of three reports, which warn of dire consequences from global warming, especially for poor nations and species diversity. A spokeswoman for federal Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mr Turnbull was travelling and unavailable for comment on the findings and recommendations of the report. At the same time, we were able to land for closer inspections or take samples as required.

Ms Sheriden Morris, the director of research for the RRRC, said the surveys would fill important gaps in the knowledge required to assess the risks to these environments for better management and protection of the key habitats in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. At least 28 people have died in the Solomon Islands after a tsunami swept ashore following a strong undersea earthquake in the South Pacific. Local officials fear the numbers of dead could rise, with reports of outlying villages being destroyed.

The quake measured 8. It struck km miles north-west of Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands which lie north-east of Australia, and at a depth of 10km six miles , the US Geological Survey said. Gizo, a small fishing town and diving centre on Ghizo island, was only 45km 25 miles from the epicentre.

The Solomon Islands has a population of about , people - many of them living on remote and widely scattered islands. Many people live in houses made of palm and bamboo on the islands' beaches. Seagrass-Watch has participants in the Solomon Islands. A mother embracing her child is an all too familiar sight - but did you know that mother dugongs do the same? Did you know thatdugongs are the gentlest of all marine creatures, but their death rate is among the highest and that there are now only around of them left in Thai waters?

These are some of the findings of researcher Kanjana Adulyanukosol, known among her fellow marine biologists as chao mae payoon the godmother- or patroness- of dugongs for her dedication to the study of this marine species. Before Kanjana started her research in the early s, very little was known about dugongs Dugong dugon , also called the sea cow in Thailand. The only time you see them is when they come up for air.

They are noiseless and timid, and are easily frightened. This inspired her to study not just the extent of the dugong population but also their feeding habits and social and mating behaviour.

And that's when she observed that, like people and other animals, mother dugongs embrace their babies as they play with them in the water. She appeared to be playing with and training the young calf"'. Large adults like to be independent and feed alone but dugongs are usually gregarious and graze in groups of three or five, Kanjana said.

Despite sightings of several cows with young calves, Kanjana's aerial surveys of Thai waters recorded an overall dugong population of only The death rate of dugongs is high because they feed on seagrass in shallow waters,where they are caught in fishermen's nets or fish traps. While feeding they have to come up for air every few minutes, so when they are caught in a net or fish trap they can't come up for air and die.

In the past, the belief that eating dugong meat could give a perion a long life led to them being hunted to near extinction. Bones were powdered and used as medicine for a number of ailments, tusks were fashioned into amulets or stones for rings, and skins were dried and made into walking sticks or slippers.

Some villagers even believed that dugong tears could be used as an aphrodisiac, or as a potion that a man could use to win the heart of the the woman he loved. These beliefs are no longer prevalent, yet the dugong population remains small. This is because of their low birth rate, Kanjana said' "Like humans they can live to the ripe old age of 70, but they are not ready to mate until they are over Gestation takes one year, and the mother can only give birth to one calf at a time, and then she will nurse her calf for two years.

It takes three to seven years before she is ready to mate again. Kanjana observed that dugongs prefer to mate in shallow water, with the male touching the female's chest, belly and genitals with its muzzle during courtship. They then swim side by side before he mounts her, followed by a lot of water splashing.

Afterwards, they swim in different directions, with neither seeming interested in the other. A newly born dugong is very slim, about 1. It soon grows to 3m long with an average weight of kg. Only 20 to 30 per cent of the body weight comprises meat; the rest is fat. Dugongs eat at least 30kg of grass, or an average of l0 per cent of their body weight, every day, Kanjana said. There's no shortage of the dugong's favourite sea grass' Halophila ovalis , in Thai waters, she added.

When not making her aerial surveys or observing dugongs in their natural habitat, Kanjana writes cartoon books for children. Needless to say, her books focus on dugongs, to increase public awareness of what she sees as the most pitiful creatures of the sea.

Although a native of the coastal province of Samut Sakhon, Kanjana was born in a village by a khlong in Damnern Saduak. She swam with the calf and acted as its surrogate mother. Unfortunately it died a month later, but by then Kanjana was hooked on dugongs. In , when the Marine Endangered Species Unit was set up, she asked to be moved to the unit so she could carry out research on dugongs, and she has since established a name for herself as Thailand's leading authority on them.

A report co-authored by Kanjana on their mating behaviour, the first such report on dugongs in tropical Asian regions, has just been published by the scientific journal Marine Biology.

The only country that has a large dugong population is Australia, which protects this marine species well. Aborigines are allowed to catch dugongs because hunting and eating them is part of their culture. Still, Australia has a dugong population of over , because Aborigines are allowed to hunt only a certain number per year and the laws are strictly enforced. Thailand has laws protecting the dugong as an endangered species, but there are not enforced, Kanjana said. Or bred by artifical insemination?

Even Japan, which is very advanced technologically, has not been able to breed dugongs it has been raising in an aquarium for 20 years. Taken from the Philippines, the dugongs, a male and female, won't mate, probably because the food is not plentiful or as rich as in the wild, and the conditions where they are kept are not the same. The best way to sustain the dugong population is by protecting their natural habitat, especially in places where the population is high, as in Trang.

Where do dugongs go when the tide is out? The only way to know is to tag them. Seagrass-Watch has monitoring sites in Thailand.

TOURS to Chek Jawa , a popular nature enclave in Pulau Ubin, have been suspended because the stretch of wetlands needs to recover after being affected badly by heavy rains. Mr Robert Teo, the assistant director who heads the Pulau Ubin department of NParks' conservation division, said that this was the first time visits to Chek Jawa have been suspended since NParks took over its management in October Record heavy rains in December last year and January this year had led to an influx of freshwater into the Johor River in Malaysia.

The freshwater flowing into the Johor Straits, where Pulau Ubin is located, significantly altered the salinity of the water around Chek Jawa. There was 'widespread death' of marine flora and fauna that were not able to adjust quickly to the changes, according to the NParks website.

Mr Teo said that sea anemones, starfish and sponges were particularly hard hit as they were sensitive to the water's salinity level.

Comparatively, fish could simply swim away and marine worms could burrow deep into the sand. Suspending the tours will let nature take its healing course. Visiting tourists could further damage the still-recovering area by inadvertently stepping on the marine creatures. Ms May Teo, 49, who has been a volunteer guide at Chek Jawa for three years, had a rude shock when she led a group of nature enthusiasts there on Feb 1. Instead of a 'beautiful and colourful' Chek Jawa which the first-time visitors she led were expecting to see, they were greeted instead by the stench of death.

I was so sad because it was my first experience seeing the creatures in that state,' she said. But even amid the doom and gloom, life persevered, and some of the wetlands' denizens, including peacock anemones, managed to survive.

Mr Teo said that NParks is closely monitoring the situation and will review it in July. If Chek Jawa is in better shape by then, tours can resume. Public access to Chek Jawa is restricted to the free, guided tours organised by NParks. Mr Chua Sek Chuan, 45, a marine biologist and a former chairman of the Nature Society Singapore 's marine conservation group, said that although the immediate impact of the rains was 'quite noticeable', in the long run, the place would recover by itself.

Another volunteer guide, Ms Ria Tan, 46, said that other nearby shores, such as those on Pulau Sekudu, could serve as a seeding ground to repopulate Chek Jawa. This is because the animals that are found at Chek Jawa are also found in these areas. Hence, 'it is important to conserve all our shores and not just one or two', she added.

Chek Jawa was originally slated for land reclamation but nature groups and individuals lobbied to save it. In January , the Ministry of National Development announced that Pulau Ubin would be left intact as long as the island is not required for development to allow Chek Jawa to be retained in its natural state. Since its reprieve, about 20, people have visited the unique ecosystem in the to tours conducted each year, said NParks.

Work on the visitor centre, viewing tower and boardwalk is expected to be completed next month. However, the amenities will not be open to the public until tours are resumed.

Meanwhile, one Chek Jawa lover posted this wish on the blog of TeamSeagrass , a group of volunteers who monitor the seagrasses on Singapore's shores: There is a new conservation buzz in town, and it is all about seagrass. It is pure unbridled passion for nature conservation that has brought a group of nearly 30 volunteers together on a hot Saturday afternoon.

They are attending a workshop on documenting and collecting specimens of seagrass. For the uninitiated - seagrass is a flowering marine plant. Found mostly around Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin, it acts as a buffer between the coral grove and the mangrove swamp. It is also found at the Pulau Semakau landfill - where they provide food for marine animals - and act as a nestling ground for small fish. So it is very important that Singapore retain some of these green pockets of Seagrass, if you like, to ensure the sustainability of our ocean, sustainability of our fisheries and sustainability of our endangered species," Dr McKenzie continues.

This humble seagrass has also put Singapore on the world map. Public urged to self-monitor for symptoms No illnesses had been reported in connection to any of the recalled cookie dough of recalled products made with it, as of the posting dates of individual recalls. However, symptoms of Listeria infection can take up to 70 days after exposure to develop. Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look, smell or taste bad.

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical attention and inform their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections In young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy people may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. For more details on the Aspen Hills cookie dough recall and other product recalls related to it, please see: Taking a stand is fraught with risk and potential downsides, but iconic brands such as Nike and Levi's are embracing danger and drawing a line in the sand on issues as various as immigration, race relations, gun violence, and trade tariffs.

Consumers are divided on Nike's 30th anniversary campaign for Just Do It. But communications executives say it will place the sportswear brand on the right side of history -- and in the good graces of its diverse customer base. Speculation about who is the author of an op-ed in 'The New York Times' is Thursday morning's big buzz. Communications consultancy MRM has acquired specialist media agency Capital City Media to build its paid media capabilities.

The news this week that Mark Read had been appointed CEO of WPP came after a painful interregnum following the abrupt departure of the charismatic Martin Sorrell after more than 30 years at the helm. But is Read a thoughtful and safe pair of hands or a dull accountant with little in the way of leadership skills? Should President Donald Trump's suggestion that public companies report earnings every six months come to pass, financial comms pros say it would result in a significant shift of the IR function's workload.

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The good news is they're used to rapid change. Boosting the bottom line versus protecting an agency's reputation is a dilemma in the spotlight amid the Papa John's crisis.

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