The Chagos Islands, located near the centre of the Indian Ocean, are a UK Overseas territory and by far the richest marine ecosystem under British jurisdiction. They are a very special and rare place, a relatively unpolluted and undisturbed part of the world, with reefs and oceans still teeming with life.
Yet marine life almost everywhere – including fish, invertebrates, mammals, seabirds and turtles – is suffering massive losses as a result of over-exploitation, bycatch and pollution. Combine these with the effects of acidification brought about from rising carbon dioxide emissions, and the very survival of many marine species is in doubt.
With your help, we can protect the reef and ocean ecosystem of the Chagos for present and future generations. The public consultation period has been extended to 5 March 2010 – but we need your help to convince the UK government to protect the Chagos! Please sign our petition urging the British government to declare the world's largest marine protected area and give protection to one of the best coral reefs left on this planet.
Please note: Your signature and mailing address will be sent with the petition letter in hard copy to David Miliband as part of our campaign, and through British Freedom of Information legislation this could be made publicly available. Thank you for speaking out for our oceans!
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