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Learning about ʻōpala!

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By: Andrea Kealoha

Yesterday, staff from the NOAA Marine Debris Program  collaborated with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Polynesian Voyaging Society to teach 2nd and 3rd grade Hawaiian immersion students about the negative impacts of marine debris. The students learned about the Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world, and dissected albatross boluses filled with fishing line and plastics.

It was inspiring to learn that even at such a young age, these children are already participating in beach clean-ups! While we taught the students about marine debris, they taught us the Hawaiian word for trash – ʻōpala!

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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