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Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls

A team of scientists has hauled another 47.2 tons of marine debris from Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument following a 24-day expedition, just in time for Earth Day.

A similar expedition recovered over 170 tons of plastic waste and Ghost Nets and returned to Hawaii less than a year ago. That’s over 240 tons (480,000 lbs.) which is a lot, but barely a scratch compared to the amount of plastic already out there. Ghost Nets are abandoned fishing gear left adrift in the ocean by commercial fishing vessels. They combine together and become massive monsters of destruction. They entangle marine life, and mow down coral reefs.

Read the full article on the Star-Advertiser’s website by clicking here: Star-Advertiser

The Star-Advertiser in Honolulu released this story of massive plastic waste cleanup. Literally tons of Ghost Nets and plastic waste were collected.

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