Marine Debris Removal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands – 2011

Removal of marine debris, mainly derelict fishing gear, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Project Abstract

In April 2011, a team of trained marine debris personnel with the NOAA Fisheries’ Coral Reef Ecosystem Division met the NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette at Midway Atoll, after it had dropped off most of the monk seal camp crew, and loaded staff and equipment. The Sette transited to Kure Atoll and then down the chain towards the Main Hawaiian Islands.  Along this transit removal operations, on land and in-water, were conducted.

Through this effort, a total of 15.02 metric tons of derelict fishing gear was removed from the shores and reefs of Pearl and Hermes, French Frigate Shoals, Kure Atoll, Midway Atoll, and Laysan.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

4/1/2011 to 4/30/2011

Status: Closed

Location: Pacific Islands, [Hawaii]

Latitude/Longitude: 25.377028, -169.687653