S.E.A. Aquarium is proud to be the Official Singapore sponsor of World Oceans Day 2017. In celebration, we hosted a wide range of activities for all to get involved.
S.E.A. Aquarium Society - our new conservation institute.
On 8 June 2017, we launched S.E.A. Aquarium Society - the conservation institute of S.E.A. Aquarium. It will take greater strides in supporting conservation research, education and public engagement efforts by bringing together a community of like-minded people and organisations to collaborate with S.E.A. Aquarium to protect the marine environment. The society will also support researchers and scientists dedicated to increasing understanding of the ocean, as well as lead and support local initiatives and campaigns that will impact and improve ocean health. Among our first partners are James Cook University (JCU) Singapore and Zero Waste SG.
First National Geographic Photo Exhibition
Named ‘Ocean Soul’- this exhibition brought stunning images of the marine world, taken by National Geographic’s underwater photographer Brian Skerry. The featured images were drawn from Brian’s fall 2011 National Geographic book of the same name, a retrospective of his photography from the last 20 years.
Inaugural dive photography competition
We received over 70 entries from underwater photography enthusiasts. They captured stunning shots of their favourite underwater animals and habitats to showcase the beauty and fragility of the marine world. Check out the winning entries here.
Speaker Series featuring prominent figures in marine life and conservation
We launched a Speaker Series where we invite key figures to engage the public and excite their curiosity of the ocean. Our first speaker was Terry Garcia, former Chief Science and Exploration Officer of National Geographic Society and advisor to S.E.A. Aquarium Society. He took guests into a world of hidden treasures, lost cities and shipwrecks in his eye-opening talk on exploration.
First ever reef cleanup in support of Project AWARE
Divers, including staff and members of the public, travelled to Pulau Hantu and collected 63kg of marine litter. The information gathered was uploaded on the Dive Against Debris platform, which collects information of the distribution of marine litter around the globe.
Our most successful beach cleanup - with the aid of International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS)
104 S.E.A. Aquarium Society volunteers cleaned up a 400-metre stretch at Tanah Merah Beach Site 7 and achieved a new record – a whopping 1,078kg of marine litter!
‘Show & Tell booths’ to raise awareness on marine plastic pollution
Our booths in the aquarium showed visitors commonly used plastic items and possible alternatives. Within 30 days, we received over 16,500 pledges from guests who said they would take action to reduce their use of plastic bags, plastic straws and micro beads.
Bento-making classes using sustainable seafood
We organized a fun and delicious way for kids to learn about marine conservation- through bento making classes. Families engaged with our chefs to learn more about making the right choice for a healthier ocean.
Community wall mural
As part of our on-going efforts to bring the message of marine conservation into the heartlands, we created a marine-themed mural right in the heart of Toa Payoh, one of Singapore’s primary residential estates. In collaboration with the People’s Association, we brought together local artist Dan Wong of A Good Citizen and 15 students from the Art Elective Programme at CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) to create this amazing piece of art.
Photos: S.E.A. Aquarium