Aerial surveys of the entire coastline of the main eight Hawaiian Islands in late 2015 provides a close-up view of the amount and types of marine debris that regularly accumulates. The study was funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan as part of the Japan Tsunami Gift Fund. While the survey found a very limited amount of debris associated with the Japan tsunami, it reveals that most debris landing on Hawaii beaches, is either derelict fishing gear and nets or everyday plastics discarded by people.
News Conference and Media Availability
May 31, 2016
Magic Island, Honolulu (beach side)
Video, photographs and interviews from Kahuku Beach will be available for distribution. Individual island maps will also be available.
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Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources
Office of the Chairperson
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131
Honolulu, HI 96813