11/01/2010 02:14 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

World's Largest Marine Reserve Established In Chagos Archipelago, Twice The Size Of Britain

At midnight tonight, the world's largest fully protected marine reserve will come into force in the British territorial waters of the Chagos Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean.

But this new sanctuary, designated as a "no-take" zone where commercial fishing will be banned, serves to underline how catastrophically the international community has fallen short of a goal set almost a decade ago to protect marine life.

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