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St. Martin (Island) is the only coral island in
Bangladesh a small island St. Martin is in the northeast part of the Bay of
Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf peninsula.
It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of
Myanmar at the mouth of the Naf River. Also called (The local name)
“Narical Gingira”, also spelled “Narikel Janjina/Jinjera”
and has an extension named Chera Dwip.
St. Martin’s Island is very popular tourist spot.
Now, 3 (three) shipping liners run Everyday trips to the island, including
Sea-Truck and Keary-Sindbad. If you want to visit this land you can book your
trip either from Chittagong or from Cox’s Bazar.
Last 5 years St. Martin’s visitor population has
increased dramatically. While this situation has proven to be lucrative for
the islanders, it is causing the natural beauty of the island to deteriorate.
Presently there are many efforts being put forth to preserve the several
endagered species of turtles that nest on the island, as well as the corals,
some of which are found only on Narikel Jinjera. Pieces of the coral reef are
being removed in order to be sold to tourists. Nesting turtles are
sometimes taken for food, and their hatchlings are often distracted by the
twinkling lights along the beach. Species of fish, a few just recently
discovered, are being overfished. Every year the fishermen must venture
further out to sea to get their catch. Most of them use motorless boats.
At high tide the island is about 3 miles around,
and pinched in the middle. The island exists only because of its coral base,
so removal of that coral risks erosion of the beaches. St. Martins has lost
roughly 25% of its coral reef in the past 7 years.
Welcome to St. Martin’s Island
We have to keep this beautiful coral island neat
This ground water level in this island is very
close to the surface. So the water can easily get contaminated by open
defecation and result in spreading water borne diseases like diarrhea. A
study showed that the water of this area contain germs 100 folds more than
that of normal level. Please dispose off all kinds of wastes in the dustbins
kept in different places. Your support is truly required to maintain the
biodiversity of this island.