Bangladesh to declare 1743sq km as marine protected area


The government was working on declaring some 1,743 square kilometres of area, adjacent to St Martin’s Island, as Marine Protected Area for conserving biodiversity in the region.

Environment minister Md Shahab Uddin said this at a webinar marking World Tourism Day on Sunday.

He said that the government had also declared the 1,738 square kilometres of Swatch of No Ground in the South Bay of Bengal as a Marine Protected Area for conservation and breeding of endangered marine dolphins, whales, and sharks.

‘A number of significant steps have been taken for the sustainable management of the overall aquatic biodiversity in the Bay of Bengal, especially for dolphin conservation,’ said the minister.

In addition, prevention works are going on at 52 coastal pollution hotspots.

Cox’s Bazar Development Authority chairman Forkan Ahmed, Chittagong University oceanography department professor Mohammad Muslem Uddin, and Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University fisheries professor Kazi Ahsan Habib, among others, were present at the webinar.

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