After two years of intense work on the part of Hawaii government, non-government, academic, industry and private business partners, NOAA and several partners are proud to announce a comprehensive long-term plan to actively assess and remove marine debris from coastal waters and coral reef along the island chain.
This plan is a first of its kind for the US and will be instrumental in protecting the state’s coastal communities and marine life from the thousands of pounds of marine debris that wash ashore each year.
Building on significant ongoing and past marine debris community efforts, the plan establishes a comprehensive and cooperative framework for marine debris activities and projects across the state to reduce:
• the current backlog of marine debris;
• the number of abandoned and derelict vessels;
• land-based debris in waterways; and
• fishing gear and solid waste disposal at sea
Numerous strategies and activities fall under each of these goal areas, many of them already underway by Hawaii’s marine debris partners. These include debris removal efforts, emergency response, prevention and outreach campaigns as well as increasing research and technology development. Progress will be tracked and measured for each of these areas.
The plan, supported and coordinated by NOAA with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is available online: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/projects/himdap.html. Video is also available for download on the site.
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NOAA Marine Debris Program: http://www.marinedebris.noaa.gov
Hawai‘i Marine Debris Action Plan and Supporting Video: http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/projects/himdap.html