Marine Debris Removal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) are beautiful. Home to many amazing animals and clear, turquoise blue water, they are located far from large human populations. However, despite their distance from people, they are still inundated with marine debris that washes up from faraway places. To combat this debris and preserve this paradise, multiple NOAA offices have collaborated on a yearly removal mission to clean debris from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the shores of the NWHI since 1996. The NOAA Marine Debris Program has been involved in this effort since its establishment in 2006, contributing to the removal of hundreds of metric tons of debris.
- Marine Debris Removal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands: A Look Back
- Another Successful Removal Mission in the NWHI Wraps Up
- Take Only Debris, Leave Only Footprints
- Debris Removal at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge: Midway Through the Mission
- NOAA’s 2016 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Removal Mission Sets Sail