Bonaire has a long history when it comes to protecting ocean life. It started with the protection of the sea turtle in 1961 and continued on!
1971 saw the ban on spearfishing, and the protection of coral - dead and alive - was initiated in 1975. The Bonaire National Marine Park was founded in 1979.
The Marine Park encompasses all of the waters surrounding Klein Bonaire. This is an area of 27 square kilometers and contains coral reefs, sea grass and mangroves.