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Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On April 5, 2010 @ 2:30 pm In global development | 7 Comments

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In a move that will double the amount of the planet’s protected oceans, the U.K. announced late last week that it is turning the Chagos Archipelago [2] into the world’s largest marine reserve. The 55-island, U.K.-owned archipelago in the Indian Ocean contains 220 species of coral, 1,000 types of fish, 33 species of seabirds, and a number of sea turtles. Overall, the new protected zone will span 210,000 square miles in the ocean [3].

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Of course, not everyone is happy about the U.K.’s move. Many Chagos Islands residents were forced out of their homes in the late 1960s and early 1970s to make room for a military [5] base leased to the U.S. by the U.K. Now that the Archipelago is becoming a marine reserve, it looks increasingly unlikely that the residents will get to go back home.

Still, it’s hard not to be excited about the newly protected zone. As a result of the U.K.’s decision, commercial fishing will no longer be permitted around the islands [6], and an estimated 60 endangered species will be preserved.

+ Chagos Conservation Trust [7]

Via MSNBC [8]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/chagos-archipelago-to-become-worlds-largest-marine-reserve/chagos-2/

[2] Archipelago: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/15/dubai-to-build-the-universe/

[3] ocean: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/18/eco-art-chris-jordans-gyre/

[4] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/05/chagos-archipelago-to-become-worlds-largest-marine-reserve/chagos/

[5] military: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/27/14-ways-to-green-your-wardrobe-military-style/

[6] islands: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/05/maldives-to-fight-rising-sea-levels-with-floating-islands/

[7] + Chagos Conservation Trust: http://www.chagos-trust.org/

[8] MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36139130/ns/world_news-world_environment/

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