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Appointment of New Commissioner for BIOT, Paul Candler.

We are pleased to announce the announcement of Paul Candler as HM Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Paul Candler was appointed Director of Overseas Territories in June 2021. In that role, he holds office as Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory. …

BIOT Joins Pioneering Underwater Camera Network

The British Indian Ocean Territory has become one of ten UK Overseas Territories to join a major network of underwater camera deployments covering the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans, funded as part of the UK Government Blue Belt programme. Scientists from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science …

Butterflyfishes of BIOT Stamp Issue 8.12.20

On 8th December 2020, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration released a set of six stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of Butterflyfish found within the British Indian Ocean Territory. Many of these species feed on coral and therefore are threatened by climate change associated coral mortality. They are …

United Nations Secretary General’s Report

UK government statement following the publication of the UN Secretary General’s report on implementing Resolution 73/295 relating to the Chagos Archipelago, as published on the GOV.UK website: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acknowledges the considerable work of the Secretary-General and his office, during a very challenging …

Crustaceans of BIOT Stamp Issue – 23.03.20

On 23rd March 2020, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration are releasing a set of five stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of crustacean found within the British Indian Ocean Territory. Ghost Crab Hermit Crab Land Crab Mottled Lightfoot Crab Coconut Crab

Planned Heritage Visits for Chagossians 2020/21

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY HERITAGE VISITS FOR CHAGOSSIANS   The British Government announced in November 2016 a support package to fund projects to improve the livelihoods of Chagossians in the communities where they now live. This includes a significantly expanded programme of Heritage Visits to the British Indian Ocean Territory. …

Vessel Found Fishing Illegally in BIOT Waters

The BIOT Administration, working closely with MRAG, our fisheries adviser and enforcement partner, and with support from the Blue Belt programme, continues to have success in tackling Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in its Marine Protected Area (MPA). Most recently, the BIOT Patrol Vessel (BPV) has intercepted a Sri …

Dragonflies of BIOT Stamp Issue 04.12.19

On 4th December 2019, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration are releasing a set of six stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of dragonfly found within the British Indian Ocean Territory. Macrodiplax Cora Common names for this species include “Coastal glider”, “Wandering pennant” and “Cora’s pennant”. It is a …

New Protection for BIOT’s Heritage Sites

On 23 October 2019 the BIOT Commissioner signed into law the Environmental Protection (Historic Sites and Monuments) Ordinance 2019, and the associated Designation of Historic Sites and Monuments Regulations 2019. The British Indian Ocean Territory Administration recognises the importance of the heritage of BIOT, both to those who have lived …

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 …

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