Marine Debris

Marine Debris

Mapping Marine Debris

HCRI supports the detection, removal, and prevention of marine debris in Hawaii through mapping. In 2015, HCRI worked with the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resource (DAR) to use high-resolution aerial imagery, provided by Resource Mapping Hawaii, to map and detect marine debris along state coastlines. The initiative received support from the Japan Gift Fund to the Pacific Coast States from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan via PICES, administered by NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. HCRI further collaborated with Hawaii-based cleanup groups and state and city & county agencies to analyze cumulative beach cleanup effort and marine debris accumulations across the state. 20 partners reported over 2000 beach cleanups in the years preceding the Fall 2015 marine debris aerial surveys. This additional information provided an improved understanding of marine debris accumulation hotspots, past cleanup coverage, and present and future needs. HCRI continues to support island efforts in a new partnership, the Hawaii Environmental Cleanup Coalition, to further map and quantify marine debris removal efforts and to standardize data reporting in the state.

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Photo  by © State of Hawaii and Government of Japan / PICES 2015