The British Indian Ocean Territory's remote, no-take Marine Protected Area provides an incredible scientific opportunity. It allows researchers to take an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to better understand the role of complex marine ecosystems for highly mobile species such as sharks, turtles and seabirds. Because the MPA is being negatively impacted by global warming and associated coral bleaching events, it also provides an important study site to explore the resilience that large marine reserves provide to ocean habitats.
Despite containing some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, the impact of climate change has still been acutely felt in BIOT.
We use research findings to inform the management needs of BIOT and support the UK’s international commitments to Sustainable Development Goal 14.
Using a variety of techniques and cutting-edge technology, we are tracking highly mobile species they travel around the Marine Protected Area - and across the Indian Ocean .