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>Britain protects Chagos Islands, creating world’s largest marine reserve

>THE British government on Thursday announced the creation of the world’s largest marine reserve, designating a group of 55 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean off-limits to industrial fishing and other extractive activities. Juliet Eilperin reports in The Washington Post.
The Chagos Islands are home to roughly half of the Indian Ocean’s healthy coral reefs, along with several imperiled sea turtle species and 175,000 pairs of breeding seabirds. The new preserve covers 210,000 square miles — an area larger than California and more than twice the size of Britain — and will shelter at least 76 species classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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