2018 has been a year of milestones for Guardians of the S.E.A.A.. We
released two rescued sea turtles which were under S.E.A. Aquarium’s care, and rolled out Science in the S.E.A.A. series where leading marine biologists from James Cook University shared their research experience and findings . We also conducted our first mangrove cleanup, and organised our biggest beach cleanup with 214 volunteers.
All these would not have been possible without the support of our partners, docents and volunteers, who have contributed greatly to conservation efforts of the aquarium. As such, on 12 January 2019, we invited them to the S.E.A. Aquarium for a special evening of celebration and appreciation.
About 80 partners, docents and volunteers attended the event held at the Open Ocean Gallery.
Jim Hudson and Kelly Timmins, Senior Managers of Conservation & Research, were the hosts of the evening.
As a token of appreciation, Loy Wei Kiin, Assistant Director of S.E.A. Aquarium and the Maritime Experiential Museum, presented special mementos to our key partners.
James Cook University Singapore remains as one of our key collaborators, partnering us on many events such as Science in the S.E.A.A., conservation nights, and providing cornerstone content for our shark exhibition.
ZeroWasteSG had been our partner in the nationwide BYO Schools Programme which saved more than 32,600 plastic disposables.
Republic Polytechnic is another close collaborator and supporter in many events within and outside of S.E.A. Aquarium, such as Little Planet, Big Ocean and our beach cleanups.
ITE College West has provided GOTS with various platforms to engage others on conservation.
We also thanked Marine Stewardship Council for their support in our events and for providing us with valuable insights and content on sustainable seafood.
We also took the opportunity to thank a very passionate S.E.A. Aquarium docent Keshini d/o Sathivel who clocked 70 volunteer hours in a year.
Not forgetting two special mother-daughter teams of Guardians of the S.E.A.A.: Carmen & Chloe, and Anca & Chloe.
After attending Guardians of the S.E.A.A. events with her mum Carmen, Chloe wanted to share more about marine conservation with her school mates. As a young and passionate conservationist, she requested her school principal to invite Guardians of the S.E.A.A. to conduct an assembly talk on marine conservation in her school.
Chloe attends our beach cleanups with her mum Anca. But she doesn’t stop there. She shares her thoughts and inspires others through poems, pictures and stories.
Attendees were also invited to check out our partner booths at the Ocean Dome.
Our Singapore Reefs showcased amazing insights on Singapore’s coral reefs and how we can help protect these wonders of nature.
Water Venture raised awareness of trash in our waterways, and shared about Project Blue Wave – an initiative to educate the community on environmental issues and perform clean ups on kayak and on land.
National Environmental Agency (NEA) made recycling fun and easy to understand for everyone.
James Cook University Singapore set up an informative and eye-catching showcase on aquaponics, which got many attendees very interested.
Heartfelt thanks to all booth partners who joined us for the evening.
S.E.A. Aquarium also set up a few booths to engage and educate guests.
Learning about sharks and the differences between the jaws of various shark species.
A pledging station for guests to share their wishes for our ocean.
Check out the amazing creations!
From all of us at Guardians of the S.E.A.A. and S.E.A. Aquarium, a big thank you to all partners, docents and volunteers for helping to make our initiatives happen!
Here’s a recap of what we have achieved together in 2018:
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. We look forward to your continued support and collaboration in the year ahead! top 11 highlights of Guardians of the S.E.A.A. for the year 2018