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Tanah Merah Zone, Tanah Merah Site 7 (TM, TM7)

Last recce conducted by Joleen Chan, and Lim Cheng Puay

on 7 Feb 2017 from 10:00am - 11:00am, during a tide level of 1.8 - 2.3 metres


Tanah Merah Site 7 is located on the east of Singapore next to the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

“Along the coastline of Tanah Merah, stretching from the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to the Changi Naval Base, are sandy beaches, mudflats, rocky seawalls and breakwater. Although the shores have been reclaimed, this stretch of coast still supports a diversity of marine life.”

Cited from: http://lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/dna/places/details/66

Figure 1: Location of TM7 in relation to Singapore’s mainland.

Accessibility of the site

Figure 2: Instructions on how to find the Information Office


Figure 3. Gate is located at the far right of the sign of Carpark D.

The meeting point will be at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.


Figure 4: Meeting point - Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Nearest toilets and shelter (in the event of bad weather) will also be at Tanah Merry Ferry Terminal.

Site description

Figure 5: Map of TM7, showing the ferry terminal, and displaying the locations of the different bays

TM7 is a long stretch of beach located behind a stretch of seawall. The beach comprises 5 bays, which are distinguished by a slight separation by breakwaters. Bay 1 is the first bay located nearest to the ferry terminal, and Bay 5 is located at the end of the site, near a green worker’s dormitory.

Figures 6 and 7: The view of TM7 and the “no entry” sign upon entrance.

Figure 8: Slope of sea wall that participants will walk down from to reach the beach below.


Figure 9: Seen in 2015.

Figure 10: Seen in 2015.

Figure 11: Seen in 2015.

Figure 12: Seen in 2015.

Figure 13: Ropes and fishing lines can get tangled with tree roots so cutters are needed to remove such trash (2015).

Figure 14: Seen in 2015.

Figure 15: Ropes buried in sand (2015).

Figure 16: Trash load was lower than usual when the site was recce-ed in April, but trash load may increase again with time (2016).

Figure 17: Large trash such as this are found on the beach (2015).

Figure 18: Some trash are concentrated more inland (2016).


Figure 19. Be careful of wooden planks with protruding nails (2015).


Figure 20. High trash load at some parts of the beach (2015).

Figure 21: Many straws and plastic cups were seen (2015).

Figure 22: More than 230 straws were gathered within a distance of 3 metres during a recce (2015).

Participants are reminded not to pick up organic materials and living organisms during cleanups as they are natural components of the environment. Please also refrain from disturbing any wildlife seen on the beach. Below are a few of the common inhabitants of TM7.

Figure 23: A tiny sand bubbler crab (Scopimera species) about 1 to 1.5cm spotted on the beach. These little crustaceans are common at TM7 (2015).

Figure 24: Thousands of creeper snails (Batillaria zonalis) can be seen at low tide among the trash (2015).

Figure 25: A variety of button snails (Umbonium vestiarium) (2015).

Figure 26: Carpet anemones (Stichodactyla species) seen during low tides (2015).

Figure 27: The accumulated trash at the high shoreline

Figure 28: The trash collection point will be in the carpark, next to the fence.

Logistics and Manpower

Figure 29: A human chain transporting trash up the seawall.


Figure 30: Directions from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Changi General Hospital (CGH) - Drive along Tanah Merah Coast Road, then turn into Changi Coast Road. Turn into Xilin Ave. Drive along Xilin Ave and Simei Ave until you reach CGH.