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Remembrance Day 2019

The 11th of November marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War, on the same day in 1918. Today the United Kingdom, Commonwealth nations and our partners around the world will honour the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in that terrible war and other …

Lizards of BIOT Stamp Issue 14.10.19

On 14th October 2019, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration released a set of three stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of lizard, which, although all not native to BIOT, are prolific in the Territory. House Gecko The House Gecko is so called because it is commonly seen on …

Master Pleads Guilty To Illegal Fishing In BIOT

The BIOT Administration, supported by Blue Belt programme, MRAG and European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) recently led a multi-agency response to intercept, detain and prosecute a Sri Lankan fishing vessel which was fishing illegally within the BIOT Marine Protected Area (MPA). To ensure the future protection of BIOT’s unique environment …

New 50p Turtles Commemorative Coin Series

From 15th August 2019, Pobjoy Mint began releasing a series of five 50p coins featuring sea turtles; the first ever British Indian Ocean Territory 50p commemorative coins. These will be released approximately every 3 weeks until November 2019. The featured species, in order of release, are: Green Turtle (released 15th …

Tackling Plastic Pollution

Plastic: We have all seen shocking images like that of a diver in Bali swimming in an ocean of plastic or those of animals being entangled by plastic waste. But just how much of a problem is plastic globally? Plastic is cheap, strong, durable and mouldable but such qualities bring …

Rats and Reefs

The devastation that rats, an invasive species, cause to the natural ecosystem of the British Indian Ocean Territory and to reefs around the world should not be underestimated. A new scientific study shows exactly how. Rats were first introduced to the Territory in the 1700s, arriving on ships, and have …