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Sanctuary established at Kuakata beach to conserve red crabs

| Updated: May 08, 2021 19:29:43

Sanctuary established at Kuakata beach to conserve red crabs

Kalapara Upazila Administration, Tourist Police Kuakata Zone, and Kuakata Tour Management Association have taken various initiatives to conserve red crabs, according to a media release.

Red crab is one of the most attractions for the tourists of Kuakata sea beach, thousands of red crabs roam in the Lemburbon and Gangamati point of the beach.

The abundance of red crabs was declining day by day due to excessive pressure of tourists, noise pollution, uncontrolled vehicles especially recklessly moving of motorcycles.

Read 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 WorldFish Bangladesh and the Department of Fisheries. The beach is now cleaned regularly.

Ruman Imtiaz Tushar, president 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. A sanctuary for crabs as well as turtles will help save them and attract the tourists to observe these beautiful creatures.”

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