Orientation/Get-together session!

24 09 2007

We went for our very first orientation/get-together session on saturday! It seemed quite weird, as we were already doing this project for quite some time and did a presentation on it for the rest of the team, yet we did not know any of the team members except for Ms Siti, Ms Ria, Ms Shufen and Ms Weiling. So for us, it was both an orientation and a get-together 😛

The presentations were very interesting and enriching, as we learnt more about what teamseagrass does apart from monitoring seagrasses as well as some of the team member’s own projects, such as Mr Kok Sheng’s Chek Jawa Mortality and Recruitment Project. We also got to know some of the team who presented, such as Mr Marcus, Mr Roy (heh xP) and Mr Andy.

Listening to their presentations also made us want to visit the other sites and not just Labrador Park! (Don’t tell Mr Lim, but we’re getting quite bored of Lab Park already…) Maybe it’s because we always take so long to do our monitoring, or because we’re always rushing off somwhere after monitoring sessions, but we seldom get the chance to explore the rest of Labrador Park apart from our patch of Thalassia. As such, we have not gotten the chance to spot any stonefish or sea snake, making our site seem really dull in comparison.

Nevertheless, we did learn something useful for our project from Mr Jeff Low. He spotted Thalassia at nearly 2m in depth at one of his dive surveys near labrador park! We are certainly curious as to how they can survive at such a depth. Perhaps the water quality was much better than that at Labrador Park, as our water tend to be quite turbid from the construction works nearby.

We are going to have our exams soon and thus will not be updating our blog much. We can’t wait for our exams to be over, because Mr Lim has promised that he will bring us to Chek Jawa! 😀

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Quadrat sampling results!

18 09 2007

After a long hiatus from doing our project (because our teacher was occupied with other matters), we finally dug through the cobwebs to find our quadrat results from our previous monitoring sessions and here they are!

Averages (by date)

2-Apr

7-Apr

22-Apr

17-Jun

Total

           

Sediment Type / %

– sand

16.67

NIL

3.03

18.18

9.47

– mud

NIL

20

NIL

3.03

5.76

– sand/shell

66.67

NIL

93.94

66.67

56.82

– mud/sand/shell

16.67

20

NIL

6.06

10.68

– mud/sand

NIL

60

NIL

3.03

15.76

– mud/shell

NIL

NIL

3.03

3.03

1.52

% Seagrass Coverage

53.33

38.63

55.21

61.97

52.285

           

% Species Composition

– % of Thalassia

90

69

98.48

81.21

84.673

– % of Halophila

10

31

0

15.45

14.113

– % of Enhalus

0

0

1.52

3.33

1.2125

           

Canopy Height / cm

6.525

6.5676

6.7273

6.6066

           

% Algae Cover

49.167

7.8

32.818

11.364

34.092

           

% Epiphyte Cover

10

37

38.818

5.9697

22.947

This is in preparation of the presentation for this Saturday when we will be sharing our findings so far! Looking forward to it!(: