Illegal fishing endangers the lives of other wildlife
Unless you’re living under a rock, you should have known by now that otters have been residing in Singapore for a while now.
However, they still face the threat of illegal fishing.
On 2 Apr, Fast Snail — which constantly posts updates on the otters living in Singapore — reported that a fishing hook was caught in the eye of one of the wild otters living in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
The suffering otter is a member of the famous Bishan 10 pack and the rest of the otters were seen trying to remove the fishing hook from his eye.
This is not the first time the otters are victims of illegal fishing
Instead of observing the ban that was in place, some irresponsible people brazenly fished in these illegal areas, causing harm to the otters living in that area.
Some time ago, a video captured some culprits fishing along the Kallang River near Toa Payoh Lorong 8 and if you have yet to see the video, here it is:
The otters appear to be struggling with the bait and the onlookers were entertained by the otters’ plight.
This act of cruelty was uncalled for; imagine how traumatised the otters will be when they cannot break loose from the fishing line.
Because of all these juvenile and irresponsible actions, another otter is injured with a fishing hook caught in its right eye.
Alert ACRES if you happen to spot the pack of otters
The Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) is aware of the incident but the team has yet to find the injured pup.
A spokesperson from ACRES said:
We appeal to members of the public to contact us if they see the otters so we can offer the necessary help. We would also like to remind the public not to fish at illegal sites.
Legal spots to fish in Singapore
In any case of ignorance, here is a list of places where fishing is legal, according to The Straits Times:
- Bedok Reservoir
- Jurong Lake
- Lower Seletar Reservoir
- Lower Peirce Reservoir
- MacRitchie Reservoir
- Marina Reservoir
- Serangoon Reservoir
- Upper Seletar Reservoir
- Pandan Reservoir
- Kranji Reservoir
Fishing otters for sport is not legal and quite impossible too because otters are the heaviest out of all weasels.
Let’s all be kind and responsible citizens
Keep your fishing baits away from the illegal fishing areas and spare a thought for the other wildlife in that area.
Otters are affable creatures around humans; they are our friends, not things to be toyed with.
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