Sanctuary made for red crabs | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:01 AM, May 11, 2021

Sanctuary made for red crabs

Red crab is one of the most attractions for the tourist of Kuakata sea beach, thousands of red crabs roam in the Lemburbon and Gangamati point of the beach. The abundance of red crabs is declining day by day due to excessive pressure of tourists, noise pollution and uncontrolled vehicles, especially recklessly moving of motorcycles.

Kalapara Upazila Administration, Tourist Police Kuakata Zone, and Kuakata Tour Management Association have taken various initiatives to conserve Red crabs.

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Red crab sanctuary has been constructed on beach area with the support of the ECOFISH II Activity. Various campaigns are going on to protect the environment and biodiversity of Kuakata under the USAID funded Activity jointly implemented by World Fish Bangladesh and the Department of Fisheries. The beach are now being cleaned regularly.

The sanctuary has been made of fence nets and bamboo across the vast area of Lemburbon and Gangamati point to conserve red crabs.

Ruman Imtiaz Tushar, president of Tour Operators' Association of Kuakata, said, "Apart from conserving Red crabs, we will continue various initiatives to protect the beach environment and marine biodiversity,"

Sagorika Smriti, research assistant of USAID's ECOFISH II Activity, said red crabs have an important role for conserving coastal ecosystems. They protect the health of the soil by providing important nutrients.

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