What’s the source of garbage on Cox’s Bazar sea beaches? | The Daily Star
06:29 PM, July 21, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:33 PM, July 21, 2020

What’s the source of garbage on Cox’s Bazar sea beaches?

Cox's Bazar beaches have suddenly been covered with hundreds of tons of waste as if the garbage we've thrown into our oceans is coming back to haunt us. Starting from July 11 plastic, electronic waste, torn nylon nets have all washed up on the shores causing death to the entangled marine life. The waste spreads for kilometers at Cox's Bazar. More than 40 sea turtles ensnared in the nylon nets have died while hundreds of rescued turtles have been released back into the ocean. 



Mohammad Moslem Uddin, Chittagong University Chairman of the Department of Oceanography, said, "Since we don't have strict monitoring at sea, waste is dumped from foreign ships, damaging the ecosystem of our oceans. These plastics are transformed into micro-plastics and enter the fish food chain, eventually reaching the human body."



The local administration with the help of the Department of Environment and ten different environmental organizations has started cleaning the beaches.

 

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