The Bonaire National Marine Park was established in 1979. The Bonaire Marine Park starts at the high water mark and extends to 200 ft (60 meters) of depth; it covers an area of 6672 acres, or 27 km².
The mission of the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) is to protect and manage the island’s natural, cultural and historical resources, while allowing ecologically sustainable use, for the benefit of future generations.
The Goals are to:
- Maintain and restore the ecosystems, biological diversity, and ecological processes.
- Protect and restore the cultural and historical resources of significance.
- Manage the Bonaire Marine Park as a regionally and globally significant example of a successful multi-use marine protected area through:
- Education and outreach
- Law enforcement
- Allow use of the Bonaire Marine Park by promoting non-destructive activities and working with stakeholders to establish guidelines and regulations to minimize impact on the environment.
As an International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) demonstration site, the Marine Park is a model of its kind in the Caribbean, protecting and caring for the marine environment while maximizing safe levels for recreation and commercial use.