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UK creates huge Indian Ocean marine reserve


4/7/2010

The UK government has created the world’s largest marine reserve around the Chagos Islands, according to a BBC report. The reserve will cover a 545,000km2 area around the Indian Ocean archipelago, which lies approximately 500km south of the Maldives. The Chagos Islands, which officially form part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, has been compared to the Great Barrier Reef, and hosts the world’s largest living coral structure, the Great Chagos Bank, which is home to more than 220 coral species and more than 1,000 species of reef fish.

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