The island of Pagan has a land area of 48.2 square kilometers and a volcanically active northern portion that is connected to a dormant southern portion by a narrow isthmus. A major eruption in 1981 caused the evacuation of residents and the ashfall negatively affected reefs. Continuing erosion of unconsolidated ash is having unknown effects on the near shore environment. Large numbers of feral pigs and cattle are present. Cattle have been observed walking on the eastern fringing reef flats. Fish surveys conducted by the CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) in the late 1990s found the nearshore fish resources to be in good condition.
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