The Sanctuary was established first in 1991 through the private initiative of the Pandan People and with the help of the German Development Service as a Public Ordenance of the Municipality of Sablayan (30’000 inhabitants). Originally it contains the island of Pandan North and 75 % of the coral reef (16 ha land and fringing coral reef, see figure1). Since 2001 the complete reef area has been included and since November 2002 the Municipality (MENROE) has employed a fulltime park ranger who is doing the patroling of the area.
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