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Tue 31 Jul 2007

Asst Project Officer/Project Officer (Coral Nursery Project)

Category : marine

From the Nparks Career listing page:

Asst Project Officer/Project Officer (Coral Nursery Project)
Reference: CON/SO/270707/01
Posted Date: 27 Jul 07

The National Parks Board (NParks) is embarking on a project to establish a field coral nursery in Singapore. This project will be carried out jointly with the Marine Biology Laboratory of the National University of Singapore, sponsored by Keppel Corporation and supported by the National Environment Agency.

Coral reefs in Singapore boast a high biodiversity. However, since the founding of Singapore in 1819, our reefs have been impacted by various anthropogenic stresses, resulting in many reefs having sub-optimal hard coral cover and diversity.

This two-year project seeks to enhance hard coral cover and diversity in Singapore by the propagation of new colonies onto our reefs. The establishment of a field nursery seeks to provide this hard coral resource on a long-term and sustainable basis. NParks is inviting applicants to fill two positions for this project.

Requirements

  • Diploma in a related discipline
  • Must be an experienced SCUBA diver (preferably Advanced-level and above certification)
  • Able to work extensively in the field
  • A good team player, able to multitask and work under pressure
  • Self-motivated, versatile and resourceful
  • Good organisation and communication skills
  • Candidates with a Degree in Biological Sciences or any related discipline from a recognized university will be considered for the Project Officer position

Appointment will be on contract basis and salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Education Level: Diploma
  • Job Function: Civil Services, Nature Conservation
  • Job Location: Singapore
  • Job Type: Full Time, Contract
  • Work Experience year(s)

We regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified

See the Nparks Career listing page.

Thanks to Jeffey Low for the alert

Last night CNA carried this report:

"S'pore unveils first coral nursery to conserve underwater habitat," by Wong Mun Wai. Channel NewsAsia, 30 July 2007.

 

"Singapore now has a coral nursery. It is located on the shores off Semakau Island on Singapore's southern coast. Its aim is to conserve and grow the country's natural corals.

It is estimated that three-fifths of Singapore's reefs off its southern coast have been lost over the past 200 years because of rapid economic growth. So a two-year conservation effort is trying to reverse that effect. It is focusing on using fragments of naturally-broken hard coral to protect existing reefs.

The location has been chosen because of the amount of light and oxygen available to the corals, so that they can grow and spawn. The corals are placed about three metres under the seawater at mid-tide on the seabed. Scientists hope that after a year, the corals can be transplanted to reefs around Singapore's southern coast. They believe the coral will grow to form part of a new coral reef. To maximise the chances of success, the coral is grown on the rubble and is then secured onto plastic platforms. This will make sure they are protected.

"That will immediately remove the impact of sediments, which otherwise would accumulate around them. And we'll also secure the fragments so that they don't roll about. This helps to stabilise them and improve their chances of survival," said Professor Chou Loke Ming, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS).

Helping other species survive also has other benefits. According to the project partners, chemical compounds are found in corals as well as in the organisms living on them. These compounds can also be used to test for contaminants in developing drugs and vaccines. So project organisers, NParks, NUS and Keppel Corporation, hope more corals can lead to more opportunities to grow Singapore's bio-chemical industry."

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