Britain Protects Chagos Islands, Creating World's Largest Marine Reserve

Publication: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin


04/02/2010 - The British government on Thursday announced the creation of the world's largest marine reserve, designating a group of 55 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean off-limits to industrial fishing and other extractive activities.

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Jay Nelson, who directs the Pew Environment Group's global ocean legacy initiative, called the decision "a historic victory for global ocean conservation."

"It's really a biological gem," Nelson said of the Chagos Islands.

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