13th International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Coordinated by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research,
National University of Singapore & the Nature Society (Singapore)
Saturday, 18th Sep 2004,
at beaches and mangroves around Singapor
(ICCS 2004)

To join us as participants or to lead your school in the cleanup,
please email
Please include your 1) full name, 2) postal address,
3) email address & 4) handphone number

Help protect our marine life!

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual international event coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy. In almost 100 countries around the globe, volunteers remove and collect data on marine trash that not only creates an eyesore on shorelines, waterways and beaches but hurts marine life and the environment.  The data is used to educate and to encourage positive change in ourselves, other individuals, organisations and governments.

The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) now in its 13th year, annually involves some 2,000 volunteers who collect, categorise and dispose of several tonnes of marine debris from beaches and mangroves around Singapore. Between 2001-3, some 10 tonnes of trash have been removed from just Kranji mangroves alone! And plastic is the main component.

On World Environment Day on 5th June this year, United Nations Environment Programme's Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said "Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in the ecosystem to kill again and again."

Every year, this exercise is coordinated by a small team of energetic individuals, and we are looking to recruit others who will enjoy coordinating the cleanup, working with students and contributing to the protection of marine life in Singapore.

You see, our theme this year is "The Next Generation!"


We are also recruiting the following:
1. Zone Captains *recruited*

  • Zone captains oversee a zone consisting of several sites,
  • Liase with leaders of the volunteer groups/schools allocated to your zone,
  • Attend a main committee meeting on the Wed 14 Jul 2004: 6pm - 9pm,
  • Attend a coordinators workshop to understand the ops procedure,
  • Conduct a recce of field sites in early September,
  • Work with volunters on at 18 Sep 2004: 8am - 12pm
2. Assistant Data Manager/Web Resources
  • Assist the Data Manager in collating national data on Sat 18 Sep 2004.
  • Assist in maintaining the ICCS webpage.
  • Good knowledge in Microsoft Excel program and webpage creating skills required.
3. Assistant Manpower Officer
  • Assist the Manpower officer in confirmation of participants, confirmation site allocation.
  • Liason with Zone Captains, Site Buddies, leaders of volunteer groups.
4. Assistant Admin Officer
  • Assist the Administrative Officer in admin and coordination.
  • Knowledge in handling mailing lists, Microsoft Excel and Word useful or keen to learn.
5. Site Buddies
  • Your role is to supervise and educate students at the cleanup site, and to explain to them the significance and far-reaching impact of this cleanup.
  • A knowledge of the marine ecosystems would be useful but can be learnt.
  • Read and understand "Why cleanup?"
  • Attend a coordinators workshop / recce in early September (on a Saturday afternoon) to understand the operations procedure for the actual cleanup and the site at which you would be working at.
6. Mangrove officers
  • Loading Captains, Weighing Captains, Manpower Officer.
  • Able to work as a team, get dirty and wet, enjoy mannual labour, respond to sudden and frequent changes in plans.
  • Participate in both Dry Ops (9am - 12pm) and Wet Ops (11am - 5pm).

If you are keen to join the team (ICCS Otters), please email the ICCS Administrative Officer Angeline Tay (angeline@sivasothi.com) with your:

  1. Name
  2. Preferred role
  3. Email address
  4. Handphone/Tel No

She will contact you with details.

Thank you, and


N. Sivasothi
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

Research Officer
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore