Marine Debris is a worldwide problem
With increased use of synthetic materials like plastic, marine ecosystems have suffered from the impacts of marine debris. Malama Na 'Apapa is committed to remove, and reduce marine debris and to protect and conserve our islands natural resources and coast lines from the impacts of marine debris.
Marine Debris continues to present a hazard to marine habitat, and wildlife. Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, seabirds and humpback whales are also getting entangled in and injured from derelict fishing nets.
The issue of marine debris in Hawaii has garnered increasing attention over the last decade and even more so within the last few years. In 1996, the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) began to address this pervasive problem by incorporating marine debris removal into its sea-going activities, focusing on the reefs and shorelines of the NWHI. Since 1996, 542 tons of derelict fishing gear have been removed from the NWHI and recycled into energy for Hawaii residents. (http://www.noaa.gov/)
Kauai Net Patrol
This is the culmination of Two years of collecting nets that have washed up on the Shores of Kaua'i. A dedicated group of Volunteers responds on demand to remove the nets from the rocks and beaches before they can do any more harm. According to NOAA, drifting nets are the number one cause of injury to Humpback whales. Let alone the damage they do to coral reefs, turtles, and other marine life.