Broken Coral in a Derelict Fishing Net
Fishing nets lost from the decks of fishing vessels can drift through the ocean and get caught on shallow coral reefs around islands and atolls. Once snagged on corals, the large nets can entangle, smother, and break ieces off in storms. The Marine Debris Team removed this large net filled with broken and dead coral heads from Seal-Kittery Island, Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Photo Credit: NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
For more information about marine debris and how it can be prevented, visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program website. marinedebris.noaa.gov/