Take Action on Marine Debris - New Marine Debris Exhibit
Pacific Region; 2006
In order to get the word out about the problem of marine debris, a new interactive marine debris exhibit has been created at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Project coordinators from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument worked on the creation of this exhibit, which opened in February 2007. The new exhibit features actual marine debris items collected from various locations on the island of Hawaii. Along with these interactive marine debris samples is a display on the effects of plastic debris ingested by foraging albatross in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Results from and information on the main Hawaiian Islands aerial survey project, coordinated by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, has also been incorporated into the new public exhibit. Each day, Mokupapapa Center volunteers and staff educate the students, teachers, community groups, and individuals who visit the Center.
Photos courtesy of Yumi Yasutake, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
This program is funded through NOAA's Ocean Service, Office of Response & Restoration, Marine Debris Program.