More Strides Made in Removal of Marine Debris in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Working with partner agencies, the PIFSC Marine Debris Program continues to reduce accumulations of derelict fishing gear and other marine debris fouling coral reefs and other nearshore habitats in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). The program is managed by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED). In early summer, 2008, CRED scientists partnered with the United States Coast Guard to complete a 20-day marine debris recovery mission aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut. During this cruise to the NWHI, nearly 15 metric tons of marine debris was removed from waters around Maro Reef and over 11 tons of land-based debris was taken away from Midway Atoll. With the addition of these 26 tons of material, 570 metric tons of debris has been removed from waters and beaches of the NWHI since 1996.

For more information contact: Tony Perry