140 motoro stingrays removed from Lower Peirce Reservoir, fishing grounds reopened

An invasion of non-native stingrays at Lower Peirce Reservoir? Not anymore.

The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has removed 140 motoro stingrays from the reservoir, with assistance from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National Parks Board (NParks).

Fishing grounds at the reservoir have also been reopened, said the PUB in a statement on its Facebook page on Monday (Jan 7).

This comes after sightings of the stingrays were made by Stomper Edward on Dec 25 and by a Lianhe Wanbao reader on Dec 11.

The PUB also said it would continue to monitor the situation and conduct regular checks along Lower Pierce Reservoir.

However, fishing grounds at Upper Seletar Reservoir will remain closed until further notice.

"We urge the public to continue to exercise caution and not to enter the waters while fishing," added the PUB in its statement.

"As bottom dwellers, stingrays are able to camouflage well against the reservoirs beds, making them hard to spot. These stingrays can also breed in large numbers, hence it is an ongoing process to remove them.

"If you see or catch a stingray, please call PUB at 1800-Call-PUB (1800 2255 782) for assistance."