“More Awareness has to Be Raised: Illegal Fishing”
The juxtaposition between the man fishing and the clear prohibition of fishing on the sign is evident, emphasising how signage alone may not always deter illegal fishing.
Illegal fishing is unacceptable behaviour, not only for its disregard of the law but also for the harm it poses to aquatic ecosystems. By violating fishing regulations, these individuals jeopardise the health of local water bodies and the species that inhabit them. The disruption caused by illegal fishing can have long-lasting ecological consequences that affect not only aquatic life but also the overall balance of the environment and raises safety concerns for water activities.
It is of utmost importance for fishermen to adhere to the established rules and regulations and to fish exclusively within designated fishing zones. By respecting designated fishing zones and adhering to fishing regulations, fishermen contribute to key objectives. Designated fishing zones are typically established based on scientific assessments of fish populations and their habitats. Fishing within these zones helps prevent overfishing and ensures that fish populations can replenish, promoting long-term sustainability in the fishing industry. Fishing outside designated zones can disrupt delicate marine ecosystems and harm non-target species. By staying within established boundaries, fishermen help protect the biodiversity of these ecosystems and maintain the health of marine environments. By following the rules, fishermen contribute to the stability of their communities and the fishing industry as a whole. Sustainable fishing practices can lead to long-term economic benefits and job security for those involved in the industry.
Furthermore, the presence of illegal fishing activities raises safety concerns for those participating in water activities offered at all the Water Sports Associations. These facilities provide access to various watercraft, including kayaks, pedal boats, and power boats, making them hubs for water enthusiasts. However, the coexistence of recreational water activities and illegal fishing can lead to dangerous encounters, potentially endangering the participants.
Summary of Activities conducted for the Week
In summary, the following activities were done for this week:
- We conducted 6 CSR and 4 VIA programs which were attended by 1036 participants, and together they collected a total of 424 kg of litter. It was a hectic week for us.
- This week a total of 64 members were involved in CSR/VIA programs, talk, patrols, administration, housekeeping duties, and training.
- The total trash collected by the patrol groups was 59 kg.
- Boat Patrol. 4 boat patrols were carried out; 2 at Marina, 1 at Lakeside, and 1 at Punggol.
- Bike Patrol. A total of 3 Bike patrols were carried out; 2 at Marina, 1 at Lakeside.
- Pedal boat Patrol. A total of 1 Pedal Boat Patrol was carried out; 1 at Marina.
- Foot Patrol. No Patrol.
- Gardening. A team of 7 pax for gardening at Marina for both Sunday and Saturday.
Once again, we sincerely thank all members and volunteers, who came for patrol or for facilitating the CSR/VIA programs, for your time and dedication to the task. Without your support we would not have been able to achieve this. Special mention to the teachers of Pathlight who came down in strength to participate in our kayak clean-up programme. Three cheers to the teachers, students and our facilitators! Young and old, we all must care for our environment. Sustainability is the only way forward.
ACTIVITIES AND REPORT
1. Educational Programmes
2. Volunteer Patrols & Activities
d. Pang Sua Pond