The pristine beauty of El Nido depends upon the state of its environment. The plants and wildlife will thrive only as long as their habitats remain conducive for them to grow and breed their young. Unfortunately, it is the very richness of El Nido's natural resources that makes it attractive to poaching, both from forests and coral reefs. Patrolling is therefore necessary to prevent, and when necessary apprehend, environmentally destructive activities such as illegal fishing and logging. The management of wastes generated by households, tourism and agriculture is another component of managing the Protected Area. Protecting El Nido means protecting the delicate balance of nature that engendered this special place.