The supply of protein for 7.5 billion people comes from marine fish, animals, and plants
By Amila Khan
The supply of protein comes from different sources for the people of Bangladesh, a large part of the sea. And to get benefit from that sea economy, we need to have a deep seaport.
But due to lack of depth in Chattogram, Mongla, and Payra ports, mother vessels cannot anchor. So the only hope is the Matarbari Deep Sea Port under construction.
The world economy is very much sea-dependent. Marine fish, plants, and animals provide 15 percent of the protein food to more than 7.5 billion people worldwide.
A total of 30 percent of the world’s fuel supplies come from the seabed. The sector brings in 44 billion dollars to the Australian economy. However, the situation is not the same in all countries.
When it comes to extracting marine resources, many countries are in an aggressive position. International seabed authorities are working to deal with the conflict. For the first time, a Bangladeshi has been elected the president of this organization. He is currently the Secretary of the Foreign Ministry’s Maritime Affairs Unit.
According to Rear Admiral (Retd.) Khurshid Alam, deep seaports, are needed to take advantage of the maritime economy. Ports other than Matarbari do not have much potential.
If any country wants to acquire resources outside its territorial waters, it has to buy a license. The value of which is 500 million dollars. But now Bangladesh is not thinking about it. Emphasis is on increasing one’s skills.