Chagos Conservation Trust


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Why is a no-take marine reserve necessary?

There are very few places left on earth that are still in good condition. The Chagos Archipelago is one of these places.

In 2009-10 the British government held a consultation to inform its conservation policy in the Chagos Archipelago. As there were no people living within the proposed MPA1, it was possible for the government to consider the highest possible level of marine protection – a no-take marine reserve, where all fishing and other extractive activities would be banned.

A number of high-profile conservation organisations, including CCT, agreed that a no-take marine reserve was the best option. These included the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Society. Read more about our partners in the Chagos Environment Network (CEN) who helped establish the marine reserve. 

Achieving the highest level of protection in this part of the world is crucial to allow the Chagos Archipelago ecosystem to continue to thrive and benefit communities all over the world.

1The US military base on Diego Garcia and the water to three miles from its shoreline is not part of the MPA, though it has numerous protection measures specific to that atoll Recreational fishing here is permitted.