|Location||Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (to Netherlands), Bonaire|
|Central coordinates||68o 14.00' West 12o 6.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2, A3|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2007|
Site description Lac Bay on the southeastern side of the island is a shallow bay protected from the open ocean by a fringing reef at its mouth. The only significant mangrove habitat (about 100 ha) on the island is located here. A small resort and two windsurfing centres are located on the south side of the bay and there is a small harbor for small fishing vessels (that fish outside of the bay) with a set of buildings and a bar/restaurant on the north side of the mouth of the bay. Scattered farms and homes ring the edge in the northwest corner of the IBA. The bay has become popular for a variety of recreational watersports (jet-skis and kite-surfing are banned) and for guided naturalist kayak trips among the mangroves.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Bare-eyed Pigeon Patagioenas corensis||resident||2007||-||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Yellow-shouldered Amazon Amazona barbadensis||resident||2001||100 individuals||poor||A1, A2, A3||Vulnerable|
|Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica||resident||2007||-||-||A2||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Shallow marine areas, coral reefs & keys||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The lagoon is important as nursery habitat for various reef fishes and the CITES listed queen conch and contains seagrass beds used by sea turtles. Several scientific papers available on reef fish, algae, sea turtles.
Protection status Underwater portion is protected with Bonaire National Marine Park with specific regulations related to activities within the area and use of natural resources including mangroves. Has been proposed to become formally part of National Park system. Lac Bay is a recognized RAMSAR site as well.
References De Meyer(no date); Debrot (2006); Ligon (2005); Voous (1983); Wells, J. V. and A. Childs Wells (2006).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lac Bay, Bonaire. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/03/2014
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