DOT Desk: It is the beach holiday you have been waiting for. You have your swimming gear ready, and the waves crashing upon the Kolatoli beach in Cox’s Bazar are calling out, reports The Daily Star.
You run down the sand dunes only to find reddish-brown water rushing to greet you. Large foamy globs of brown scum swirl around your ankles, leaving a dirty stain on your clothes.That reddish-brown water stretches on ominously for several yards, and depending on the tide, comes in from the direction of Marine Drive.
These cesspools, made up of shrimp hatchery sewage, dot the length of the coast from Marine Drive up to Najirartek. Cox’s Bazar and its surrounding areas are home to about 40 shrimp hatcheries.
A shrimp hatchery is an aquaculture farm where shrimp fry are cultivated until adulthood.
Each day, the five tonne tanks in these hatcheries have to change their water, which consists of moulted exoskeletons, uneaten feed and excrement. One hatchery can have 30 or more active tanks where shrimp cultivation goes on, said hatchery owners. Some have up to a hundred five-tonne tanks each.
Asheq Ullah Rafiq, a parliamentarian and president of the Shrimp Hatchery Association of Bangladesh, said, “All hatcheries have pipes to the sea. They draw in water during high tide and release effluent during low-tide.
“There is nothing of a chemical nature in this effluent. All of this is biological waste”.