By Mark Manuel
As the CRED marine debris team transits back to Honolulu on the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette, check out some highlights from our successful mission to survey and remove marine debris from remote islands and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
A marine debris diver carefully cuts away a fishing net from the substrate at Maro Reef.
Marine debris boat team positioning themselves alongside the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette following a productive day of survey and removal efforts at Maro Reef.
NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette crew members unloading one of many cargo nets full of derelict fishing gear. In six days of operations the marine debris team removed an astonishing 14,055 kg (30,985 lbs.) of net from the shallow coral reefs of Maro.
Marine debris team working hard to sort through the various types of debris collected from shoreline surveys on Eastern and Spit Island. The team removed approximately 3,435kg of derelict fishing gear and plastics in a single day of operations.
The marine debris team tediously sorts through piles of plastic that were collected following shoreline surveys on Eastern and Spit Island at Midway Atoll on October 7, 2014.
Kevin O’Brien and crew tally up the numerous types of plastics that were collected from Eastern and Spit Island.
James Morioka organizes a cargo net full of plastic fishing floats.
Curious about the “dirty job” of cleaning up and sorting marine debris? the impact of plastics on endangered wildlife? where derelict fishing nets come from? debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan? Read about our 2014 expedition on NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog: www.marinedebrisblog.wordpress.com.