2012 Chagos Expedition
Tuesday 21 February 2012
Two ZSL scientists are joining a team that is carrying out the first full scientific expedition in the Chagos archipelago since this no-take marine protected area (MPA) was established in April 2010.
Since 13th February 2012, this scientific research expedition has been taking place in the Chagos archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory, BIOT), supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and numerous other institutions. The team will return with their findings on the 7th March 2012.
The team's research will prioritise the long-term monitoring of the pristine Chagos archipelago. They are trying to establish the best and most economical ways to monitor and manage the MPA in the long term. Hopefully this work will contribute to the understanding and management the world’s largest fully no-take MPA, maintaining this extraordinarily rich area of marine and terrestrial biodiversity.
To follow the team in the field, visit the Project Chagos Blog