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Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund Celebrates Removal of 300 Tons of Marine Debris Since 2003

April 14, 2021, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated April 14, 8:42 AM
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Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund announced they have removed 300 tons of marine debris from Hawai‘i Island since 2003.

This brings the organization’s debris removal to more than 351 tons statewide, which includes collaborative efforts made on Maui, Midway and Lalo.

“We would not have been able to accomplish this milestone without our motivated volunteers, community support, and funding from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program grants and private donations,” the organization stated in a Facebook post. “A very sincere mahalo to each of you (hundreds of you) that contributed to this HUGE accomplishment, and for your dedication to our mission to protect our native wildlife.”

Of the debris collected on the Big Island, 95% was removed from shores in the Kaʻū District, followed by 3% in Kona, 1% in Hilo and 1% in Kohala.

“A special mahalo to the Kaʻū community, students and landowners for your continued support and participation in these coastal restoration efforts,” the group states.

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Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, a 25-year-old organization, is hoping to shift its focus away from removal to prevention, education and outreach efforts.

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The organization calls on the public to join them in stemming the tide of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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