Environmental Code of Conduct

Environmental advice for boats arriving in Marina La Palma

Calero Marinas have always endeavoured to fulfil an originally established aim of creating safe, clean and responsibly-managed marinas. Privileged to be located within a Biosphere Reserve on an island of dramatic beauty, the group is also proud to be part of a thriving awareness of ecological and environmental issues.

The island of La Palma was the first in the Canary Islands to have an area declared as a Biosphere Reserve and is home to a marvellous world of endemic species and spectacular landscapes. With dramatic coastlines, aromatic heaths and woodlands, huge volcanic craters and legally protected clear skies, La Palma respects and preserves its natural heritage.

You are entering a marina within a Biosphere Reserve. Please help us preserve the delicate balance of this unique environment.

The coasts and surrounding waters are teeming with life. They contribute an incalculable value to our welfare and are the basis of a substantial fishing and tourist economy. 

At first sight the sea seems enormous, capable of coping with human activity but this is not the case. Our waters and those of the rest of the planet are very much under pressure and heavily polluted.

  • Separate and retain all types of rubbish waste and deposit them in the appropriate recycling container.
  • Discarding toxic or hazardous products, such as oil, fuel-stuffs or batteries into the sea is strictly prohibited. Make proper use of the marina recycling facilities provided.
  • Observe the port regulations regarding boat repairs, unnecessary engine use and responsible behaviour within the marina and its facilities (boatyard, fuel dock etc.)..
  • Avoid unnecessary use of water and electricity: energy production on the island has serious impacts on the natural environment.
  • Clean bilges in a responsible manner; do not discard any type of waste into the sea; nets, hooks, fishing lines, lead weights, plastic, or any item which could become tangled in your own propellers or worse pointlessly – kill thousands of animals which become entangled or ingest them.
  • The daily act of anchoring a boat presents a grave danger to the seabed. Help promote the use of established moorings or buoys in commonly used areas.
  • If you enjoy fishing, return all immature fish which do not reach the minimum size. Take care to also check for any protected and endangered species.
  • Only use permitted methods of fishing and respect all protected areas and marine reserves (see plan posted in the marina).

Our future and that of future generations depends on proper conservation and awareness of the sea and its coastlines.

Calero Marinas thank WWF España for their kind help in extending this advice.

  • For more information on the Biosphere Reserve of La Palma, the island’s Nature Reserves and other protected areas on the island, please click on the link:La Palma Biosphere Reserve
  • Identify local marine species and contribute to a citizen science project: La Red de Observadores del Medio Marino en Canarias (RedPROMAR) is a great service developed by the Canarian Government to help study and monitor the islands’ marine life. With beautiful photos to help recognise numerous bird, fish, cetacean, turtle and many more species, you can also download the app to start registering your sighting and uploading your data to share with a whole network of divers, snorkelers, and marine life enthusiasts.