04/01/2010 - Britain on Thursday created the world's largest marine reserve by banning fishing around the U.K.-owned archipelago in the Indian Ocean — a cluster of 55 islands across that cover an area larger than California.
The move pleased environmentalists but angered exiled Chagos Islanders, who say it creates an obstacle to them returning home.
"Nearly three quarters of the planet’s surface is water, but surprisingly little of it is protected," Jay Nelson, director of the Global Ocean Legacy, said in a statement. "For more than a century we have had the foresight to protect the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park on land, but only recently have we turned our attention to protecting similarly significant places in the sea."
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