Reserves of valuable minerals including monazite, zircon, rutile, calcium carbonate, phosphorus, sulphate and rare earth elements have been found in an area of 3,100 sq km at the bottom of the Bay of Bengal. In addition, a potential 100 trillion cubic feet of gas has been found at the bottom of the ocean, with which it is possible to meet the demand for the next 100 years.At present, the country has only 14 years of gas reserves. Researchers of the country think that in order to develop Sunil’s economy through efficient use of marine resources, the invented technology should be used at the field level.
This information was given by the speakers and researchers at a seminar titled ‘Efficient Use and Challenges of Marine Resources for the Development of Sunil Economy’ organized at the auditorium of Bangladesh Marine Research Institute at Owl Island, Cox’s Bazar recently. Cox’s Bazar Marine Fisheries and Technology Center Chief Scientific Officer presented the keynote address at the seminar. Shafiqur Rahman.
Shafiqur Rahman said, ‘Bangladesh is the exclusive economic zone of Bangladesh up to about 200 nautical miles in the sea, but on an average we are able to use up to 30 nautical miles. In addition, commercial trawlers are not allowed to fish at depths below 40 meters, but they do not comply. Due to lack of fishing experience in the deep Bay of Bengal, the fishermen of this country fish near the coast. However, some fishermen are being brought from Sri Lanka for training so that the fishermen of this country can also bring fish from the deep sea.
Dr. Shafiq said, ‘Billions of rupees worth of artemis are imported from abroad every year for use as pony food in hatcheries. But three decades ago, scientists in this country have successfully invented the technology to create artemia. Scientists of this country have invented many technologies in the past for the economic development of the people of this country. But that technology was not used at the field level. In order to develop Sunil’s economy, it is not only necessary to innovate the technology, it is also necessary to use that technology at the field level. ‘
A total of seven articles including research results of Bangladesh Marine Research Institute for the financial year 2019-20 were presented in the seminar. At the seminar, Mohammad Zakaria, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Geological Oceanography, Marine Research Institute, presented the results of a geological survey of rare mineral resources at the bottom of the Bay of Bengal. Reserves of valuable minerals including sulphate and rare earth elements have been found. In addition, a potential 100 trillion cubic feet of gas has been found at the bottom of the ocean, with which we will be able to meet 100 years of demand. At present, the country has only 14 years of gas reserves.
During the seminar, Tariqul Islam, Scientific Officer, Department of Chemical Oceanography, Rupak Lodh, Scientific Officer, Department of Physical and Space Oceanography, and Shahinur Rahman, Scientific Officer, Department of Environmental and Climate Research, Department of Oceanography Officers Mir Kashem and Sultan Al Nahyan and Tania Islam, Scientific Officer at the Oceanography Data Center, presented research papers on the potential of depleted food stocks.
Iti Rani Poddar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, was the chief guest at the seminar, which was chaired by Shafiqur Rahman, Director General, Bangladesh Maritime Research Institute. In addition, the director of the Atomic Energy Commission beach mineral sand extraction center took part in the discussion. Mohammad Masud Karim, Deputy Director of the Department of Environment Sheikh Nazmul Huda, Fisheries expert Palash Khandaker, Ecolife Manager. Abdul Qayyum, industrialist Omar Hasan, journalist Ahmad Gias and others.