Ad Banner
Advertisement by Open Privilege

Singapore oil spill: Johor Strait fish farms unaffected, SFA confirms local fish are safe to eat

Image Credits: UnsplashImage Credits: Unsplash
  • The recent oil spill in Singapore has not affected fish farms in the Johor Strait, and local fish are safe to eat, according to the SFA.
  • Extensive cleanup efforts are underway to mitigate the environmental impact, with significant community involvement.
  • Authorities are closely monitoring the situation to protect marine life and habitats from further damage.

The recent oil spill off the coast of Singapore has raised significant concerns about its impact on marine life and local fish farms. However, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has confirmed that fish farms in the Johor Strait remain unaffected, and local fish are safe to eat.

On June 14, 2024, a collision between the Netherlands-flagged dredging boat Vox Maxima and the stationary Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour at Pasir Panjang Terminal resulted in a significant oil spill. The spill has since spread to various coastal areas, including Sentosa, Labrador Nature Reserve, and East Coast Park, prompting an extensive cleanup operation.

Impact on Marine Life

The oil spill has had a noticeable impact on marine habitats and wildlife. Reports indicate that mangroves, lagoons, and coastal areas around St John’s and Lazarus Islands have been affected. Marine conservation groups have observed oil-coated birds and marine animals struggling to survive. Ms. Sue Ye, founder of Marine Stewards, highlighted the dire situation, stating, "Oil spills smother and suffocate fish, birds, and marine animals that have to go to the surface for air, such as turtles and dolphins".

Fish Farms in Johor Strait

Despite the widespread environmental impact, the SFA has assured the public that fish farms in the Johor Strait have not been affected by the oil spill. The agency has conducted thorough inspections and water quality tests to ensure the safety of local seafood. "Our tests confirm that the fish from these farms are safe for consumption," an SFA spokesperson stated.

Cleanup Efforts

Authorities have intensified cleanup efforts to mitigate the spill's impact. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has deployed 18 response craft, oil booms, dispersants, and oil skimmers to contain and clean up the spill. Close to 1,500 meters of container booms have been deployed to prevent further spread of oil onto the shores.

Community Involvement

The local community has shown a strong willingness to assist in the cleanup efforts. National Development Minister Desmond Lee mentioned that many people have contacted authorities to volunteer. "Anyone who wants to volunteer or contribute in any way can fill up this form," he said in a Facebook post.

While the oil spill has undoubtedly caused environmental damage, the swift response from authorities and the community's involvement have been crucial in managing the situation. The assurance from the SFA that local fish are safe to eat provides some relief amid the ongoing cleanup efforts. Continued vigilance and coordinated efforts will be essential to fully address the spill's impact and protect Singapore's marine ecosystems.

Ad Banner
Advertisement by Open Privilege

Read More

Leadership Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
LeadershipJuly 24, 2024 at 10:30:00 PM

How to manage the transition from middle to senior management

Transitioning from middle management to senior leadership is a pivotal step in one's career that demands more than just hard work and dedication....

Luxury Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
LuxuryJuly 21, 2024 at 12:00:00 AM

How Hermès' leading designer crafts the world's most coveted handbags

Hermès, a name synonymous with luxury and timeless elegance, owes much of its prestige to the exceptional craftsmanship and innovative designs of its...

Investing Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
InvestingJuly 20, 2024 at 11:30:00 PM

Senior duped into investing $180k in fraudulent scheme: A wake-up call for retirees

The financial world can be a treacherous place, especially for retirees who trust financial institutions with their hard-earned savings. In a recent and...

Finance Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
FinanceJuly 20, 2024 at 11:30:00 PM

Steps to take when the stock market crashes

Market volatility is an inherent aspect of investing in stocks. Sudden drops in stock prices can be alarming, but they are not uncommon....

Tech Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
TechJuly 20, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

The double-edged sword of rapid cloud updates: Lessons from a global tech meltdown

A recent global tech outage has sent shockwaves through the IT industry, exposing the inherent risks of prioritizing speed over safety in software...

Investing Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
InvestingJuly 19, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

What to do when your stocks are falling

Experiencing a significant drop in your stock portfolio can be daunting. However, it's important to remember that market fluctuations are a natural part...

Real Estate Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
Real EstateJuly 19, 2024 at 6:00:00 PM

Why property investors can't claim unfairness to withdraw from deals

Investing in property can be a lucrative endeavor, but it comes with its own set of challenges and risks. One significant issue that...

Adulting Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
AdultingJuly 19, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM

Is the cost of smoking a significant barrier to tobacco use?

The rising cost of smoking has become a focal point in discussions about public health and tobacco control. As governments worldwide implement higher...

In Trend Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
In TrendJuly 19, 2024 at 12:00:00 PM

Istana opens its doors on July 28 for National Day celebrations

The Istana, Singapore's iconic presidential palace, will be holding an open house on July 28, 2024, to celebrate National Day. This annual event...

Politics Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
PoliticsJuly 19, 2024 at 11:30:00 AM

Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president

Former President Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination for the 2024 election. His keynote speech, delivered with characteristic fervor, captivated the...

Politics Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
PoliticsJuly 19, 2024 at 11:00:00 AM

Israeli military investigates potential drone attack following Tel Aviv blast

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have initiated a thorough investigation following reports of a possible drone attack in Tel Aviv on Friday, July...

Tech Asia
Image Credits: Unsplash
TechJuly 19, 2024 at 9:30:00 AM

Singapore invokes Foreign Interference Law: 95 social media accounts blocked in landmark move

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed five major social media platforms to block 95 accounts suspected of engaging in hostile information...

Ad Banner
Advertisement by Open Privilege
Load More
Ad Banner
Advertisement by Open Privilege