Marine Debris on Kure Atoll
Sea turtle snared by marine debris.
Photo by Eryn Opie / Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources
The small community of researchers who live on Kure Atoll continually collect nets, plastic bottles, and other debris from its beaches. Marine debris threatens the sensitive ecosystems of the atoll and is hazardous to the birds, turtles, and seals who call Kure home. Hauling the trash off the atoll, one of the most remote locations on the planet is no easy task.
Each year the USFWS, the State of Hawaii, and NOAA staff and volunteers collect tons of marine debris from the atolls and throughout Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Learn more about this joint clean up effort at Marine Debris Cleanup 2017