Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced that two marine areas in Addu Atoll, including the famous shipwreck 'British Loyalty', will be protected.
The British Loyalty is a unique relic of the Second World War. An oil tanker that was used to supply the RAF base in Gan, she was torpedoed by the German navy in 1944 and later scuttled by British Forces to the southwest of Hithadhoo in 1946.
The wreck is now considered a top dive site, famous amongst local divers and tourists.
The second marine area to be protected is the 'Kandi Hera Maakandu' channel, famous for being frequented by Manta Rays. According to EPA, the channel and its surrounding areas will be protected.
In its notice, EPA urged all visitors to avoid causing damage to the environment and marine life, during activities such as diving, snorkelling or other water sports.
EPA also stated that a fee will be charged after six months, the revenue from which will go to a trust fund for conservation and environment protection in Addu City.