This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Marine Conservation and Singapore. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Past Events


See Marine Conservation Articles and Marine Conservation Events.

Key People


Names are in alphabetical order, hyperlinked to LinkedIn, else Facebook. Listing is based on prior experience in an area, plus a connection to Singapore in some way.

Kathy Xu, Kelvin Ng Wei Yong, Ria Tan

International Conventions & Networks

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to ensure that trade does not threaten wildlife species with extinction. The Convention currently has a membership of 172 countries, and Singapore became a Signatory to CITES in 1986. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is the Management Authority responsible for the implementation and enforcement of CITES in Singapore.


The Tails for Whales global grassroots campaign was launched by The International Fund for Animal Welfare to show governments around the world that there is widespread support to protect whales.


SG Organisations & Companies


Blue Water Volunteers is a volunteer-based, marine conservation NGO that seeks to complement research activities and increase awareness of local marine habitats, such as coral reefs. It achieves its aims of conservation, awareness and education through four main programmes: ReefFriends, ReefWalk, ReefTalk and ReefExhibits.

The Dorsal Effect is an ecotourism and leisure travel company that aims to promote shark conservation through alternative livelihood for the fishermen.

Gamefish & Aquatic Rehabilitation Society is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Singapore's gamefishes and aquatic habitat.

The Naked Hermit Crabs is a group of volunteer guides who have come together to share Singapore's shores through public walks, especially those shores which are in danger.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd has Singapore-based representatives.

TeamSeagrass is a volunteer programme that monitors the seagrasses of Singapore, gathering data that will promote awareness and protection of our marine heritage.

The Hantu Bloggers is a non-profit, environmental awareness initiative for Pulau Hantu, an island recognised by most divers as Singapore's most popular Southern Island, known for its sheltered and biologically diverse reefs. It is now described as a new-age NGO that utilises modern, free-media, to enhance the awareness of Singapore's coastal and marine habitat.

Tropical Marine Science Institute is a centre of excellence for research, development and consultancy in tropical marine science as well as environmental science. With its multi-disciplinary research laboratories and active international links, it handles projects relevant to Physical Oceanography, Acoustics, Marine Biology, Marine Mammals, Biofuels, Water Resources and Climate Change. TMSI also provides postgraduate research opportunities.

Waterways Watch Society is a special volunteer group tasked to bring people together to monitor, restore and protect the aesthetics of our waterways. It is an independent group of volunteers working towards the same objective as other green groups however concentrating more on our waterways with an identity of its own and led by a committee of volunteers. Facebook group

WWF Singapore aim is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. It is in the process of producing a sustainable seafood guide for Singapore.

Key Projects


The UN declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Throughout the year countless initiatives will be organized to disseminate information, promote the protection of biodiversity and encourage organizations, institutions, companies and individuals to take direct action to reduce the constant loss of biological diversity worldwide.

The Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity 2010 blog highlights news, events, articles and other information about Singapore's biodiversity and how everyone can make a difference. See also the companion Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity 2010 Facebook page.

wildsingapore is a one-stop web location for those who want to learn about Singapore's wild places and make a difference for them. It includes daily environment news, weekly updates of nature happenings, information for visitors to Singapore's wild places, fact sheets on common Singapore marine life and updates on marine issues and happenings in Singapore.

The Marine Conservation Group is a special interest group of Nature Society (Singapore). It was formed in 1985, a time when scuba diving was taking off locally as a recreational sport. It aims is to to encourage understanding and protection of marine nature in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is coordinated by volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research of the National University of Singapore. The programme is strongly supported by Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Waterways Watch Society and numerous local and international schools, institutions and organisations.

Asian Geographic magazine runs a “Save the Sharks” campaign, for which you can get limited edition cards that say “After saying “I do”, join us in saying “I don’t” (eat shark fin soup).

Videos & Publications


The Chek Jawa Guidebook was written by the volunteer guides of Chek Jawa. It is written in Plain English, free of jargon, with huge full-colour photographs and lots of diagrams. Information is in bite-sized pieces for easy digestion in the field. Each double-page spread has a little thought-provoking question that we hope will help you see more and better understand what is going on at Chek Jawa. A glossary and index are included.

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