Hi there! I am Hazel, a second year Psychology major in Nanyang Technological University. As you can see from the photo above that I enjoy sea activities such as snorkelling. This photo was taken during my recent visit to Bintan, Indonesia, where I snorkelled and managed to be in close proximity to many of the sea animals and coral reefs. Also, I enjoy going to S.E.A. Aquarium in Resorts World Singapore to look at the beautiful Aquarium fishes and animals. Despite all these, it never occurred to me that there are serious conservation issues behind all these tourism until I took up Conservation Psychology as a module. This module led me to think further about the environmental and conservation issues and understand that these issues are embedded in complexities and not merely due to human selfishness. As Aquarium Fish Trade has been one of the thriving trades in the recent years, I thought it would be interesting to understand more about the issue of over-exploitation of the freshwater fishes due to aquarium fish trade in a place closer to home, Southeast Asia.
“For most of the wild things on Earth, the future must depends on the conscience of mankind.” -Dr. Archie Carr
This is one of the quotes that I like which basically describes how mankind and nature coexist and that all of God’s creation is not to be destroyed but stewarded in the hands of mankind.