St. Martin declared to be `Marine Protected` Area...

Dhaka, Saturday   22 January 2022

St. Martin declared to be `Marine Protected` Area

 Cox`s Bazar Correspondent

 Published: 04:47 PM, 7 January 2022  

St.Martin Marine Protected Area. Photo: Daily Bangladesh

St.Martin Marine Protected Area. Photo: Daily Bangladesh

The government has declared 1743 sq km of sea area in the Bay of Bengal as 'Saint Martin Marine Protected Area'.

On January 4, the government's Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change issued a notification in this regard. This information has been confirmed in the order signed by Deepak Kumar Chakraborty, Deputy Secretary, Forest Branch-2.

It states that with the powers of sections 13 (1) and 13 (2) of the Wildlife (Conservation and Protection) Act, 2012 (Act No. 30 of 2012), globally threatened corals, pink dolphins, sharks, marine turtle, fish, Conservation of grasses (C-grass) and biodiversity and their habitats; Improving the livelihoods of indigenous peoples through sustainable extraction of marine fisheries resources; In order to achieve the Blue Economy Enrichment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-14), the following 1743 sq km area has been declared as 'Saint Martin Marine Protected Area' from the date of publication in the Bangladesh Gazette.

The declaration marks the 1743 sq km boundary of the 70 miter deep sea of ​​the Bay of Bengal adjacent to St. Martin. These are the Teknaf Peninsula from the Bay of Bengal in the north, the Bay of Bengal in the south, the international waters of Bangladesh-Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal in the east and the Bay of Bengal in the west.

It is mentioned here that the 590 hectares area of ​​St. Martin was declared as Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) in the Bangladesh Gazette on 20 May 1999 by the notification of PBM-4/7/87/99/269. It is also mentioned in the new order declaring 'St. Martin Marine Protected Area' as an addition to the current declaration.

Mohammad Mujibur Rahman, the newly elected chairman of St. Martin's Union Parishad, said that the only coral island in the country can not be protected by issuing laws or notifications only to protect St. Martin. We have to take practical steps to improve the living standards of the people.