Chagos Conservation Trust

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When did the Chagos Archipelago become a marine reserve?

On 1st April 2010 the Chagos Archipelago was designated by the British government as a fully no-take marine reserve.  

The combination of tropical islands, unspoiled coral reefs and adjacent oceanic abyss makes this area globally important. As a fully protected marine reserve, all extractive activities, such as industrial fishing and deep-sea mining, are prohibited. This decision will safeguard the rich diversity of marine life found in the area.