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NOAA and State Work Together on Hanauma Bay, HI Marine Debris Removal

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Not related to what some call the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (GPGP) but trash none-the-less so important to remove.

On October 13, a news chopper spotted what looked to be marine debris (MD) near Hanauma Bay, HI on Oahu. 

Aerial of Hanauma Bay, HI marine debris collection site. DFG bouyes (inset). Credit: NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center

October 17 – Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (Dept. of Land and Natural Resources) arrive to rough seas so MD could not be removed.

NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center divers at marine debris collection site. Credit: NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center

October 18 – NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center’s Coral Reef Ecosystems Division launches a 17ft raft with divers, Russel Reardon, Mark Manuel, Kerry Grimshaw and Kyle Koyangi out of Hawaii Kai at 10am.  Because the debris moved due to currents, the divers did a visual survey along 3.9 kilometers of the coastline where they found the MD near an area called “Witches Brew.”  Two freedivers went in to investigate and upon discovering the MD was not attached to derelict fishing gear (DFG) nets, removed said 436.5 lbs of DFG, plastic, and a tire on the spot!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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