Protected Area

On April 1, 2010, the UK Government announced the establishment of a an IUCN category 1  Marine Protected Area (MPA) around Chagos.  This declaration made the Chagos Archipelago the largest no-take marine reserve in the world, an area four times that of Florida.  The MPA will contribute to halting the decline of biodiversity, establishing a representative marine protection network, and restoring depleted fish stocks where possible.