About the Chagos Archipelago
The Chagos Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, and forms the British Indian Ocean Territory. It is home to an astonishing diversity of life, and acts as a refuge for many threatened species. By conserving and restoring this precious environment, we can contribute to important marine conservation and learn much about the natural ecosystems of our world. In 2010 a 640,000 km² ‘no-take’ marine protected area was declared by the British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner. This means all commercial fishing and extractive activities are prohibited, which is the maximum level of protection.