Derelict Fishing Gear Mapping and Removal in the Main Hawaiian Islands – 2008

Survey and remove derelict fishing gear (DFG) from coastlines along the main Hawaiian Islands through aerial surveys/mapping and subsequent removal of DFG from target areas with elevated concentrations of this debris.

Project Abstract

This project, coordinated by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) built upon previously funded efforts in 2005-2006 to map the regional distribution of derelict fishing gear (DFG) through aerial surveys and to cleanup targeted areas exhibiting high concentrations of DFG in the Hawaiian Islands, including the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.

Survey data was used to create GIS-based maps which could then be compared to previous survey efforts in these areas.  Surveys resulted in 1,086 locations where DFG was identified, and after the maps were created and operational, CRED personnel used these maps to target specific areas along the coast where DFG cleanups were then performed.  5.9 metric tons of DFG were removed due to these efforts and maps of debris were disseminated to partner agencies.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

4/1/2008 to 12/30/2008

Status: Closed

Final Report

Location: Pacific Islands, [Hawaii]

Latitude/Longitude: 20.953864, -157.742184