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Outer Seychelles

Outer Seychelles

The five coralline island groups known as the Outer Seychelles are scattered in the middle of the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and north of Madagascar, and consist of 72 remote cayes and atolls. The area covers a span of approximately 40,000 km2 and experiences high productivity thanks to an upwelling of deep, cold, nutrient-rich waters to the surface. The area represent the largest shallow tropical marine ecosystem in the region and provides habitat to keystone species including the green sea turtle. The Outer Seychelles has experienced pressure from overfishing, but in 2018, the government of the Seychelles created two new Marine Protected Areas, spanning more than 81,000 square miles — about the size of Great Britain!
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