Govt Declares Saint Martin Marine Protected Area

Saint Martin Marine Protected Area on Map || Photo: Collected

Saint Martin Marine Protected Area on Map || Photo: Collected

The government has declared about 1,743 square kilometers area of the Bay of Bengal adjacent to Saint Marin Island as ‘Saint Martin Marine Protected Area’ Area to conserve marine biodiversity.

In addition to the previously declared 590 hectares of ecologically critical area, the new 70 meter-deep marine protected area has been declared to prevent uncontrolled movement of water vessels, overfishing, dumping of waste and chemicals, and destruction of coral reefs and biodiversity, said a press release. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change declared this area as the ‘Saint Martin Marine Protected Area’ under Sections 13 (1) and 13 (2) of the Wildlife (Conservation and Protection) Act, 2012. 

As a result, the newly declared protected area will help conserve the endangered pink dolphins, sharks, ray fish, sea turtles, seabirds, corals, marine grasses, and marine biodiversity and their habitats. 

It will also help improve the livelihoods of local people through sustainable extraction of marine resources, enrich the national blue economy, and achieve the international obligations and targets related to the special economic zone of Bangladesh. 

The declaration of this marine protected area will facilitate the proper enforcement of the law and proper management of marine resources with the help of law enforcement agencies deployed in and around the island.  

At the same time, the possibility of increasing the abundance of marine fish resources and aquatic life outside the protected area will be multiplied. 

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