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.
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.
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!