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The Trash Travels of Fred the Monkey (Part 1: Honolulu, Hawaii)


It may have been the post-conference stupor I’ve been in for the last week or so, but today I found myself chatting with Fred the Monkey. For those of you who’ve never met or heard of Fred, he is a fabulous and furry stuffed monkey who is traveling the globe to help spread the word about marine debris. Fred travels fairly lightly, taking with him an envelope full of informative and educational material on marine debris as well as a journal full of interesting and inspiring stories of his travels. He was lovingly passed along to me by my good friend Sue Kinsey (Marine Conservation Society-UK). So today, as I taped photos into his journal of our adventures, I did indeed find myself chatting with Fred—mostly about my jealousy of all of the places he’s been! 🙂 He’ll surely be missed here, but I have a feeling he’ll be back to the great state of Hawaii. Until then, he’s off to my friends and colleagues in Seattle and across the rest of the U.S. in the loving hands of NOAA Marine Debris Division staff.

Aloha, Carey

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.

4 thoughts on “The Trash Travels of Fred the Monkey (Part 1: Honolulu, Hawaii)

  1. Having an Ocean Debris class for students entering 5/6 this summer @`Iolani School, from 8:30 – 11:30AM, from June 13-July 22. We would like to participate in any debris tracking here on Oahu, have guest speakers and curriculum if you have. We will be collecting from several sites on the island. WE would love to host Fred for a while as well.

  2. Where is Fred? would love to hear about what he has been up to since the Conference …

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