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Marine Debris on Midway Atoll

Marine debris collected on Midway Atoll.

Photo by Holly Richards/USFWS


At Midway Atoll, home to the world's largest albatross colony, thousands of pounds of marine debris collect on the shores every year.


The small community of researchers and workers who live on the island continually collect nets, plastic bottles, and other debris from the beaches of the atoll. But 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


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Taken on March 24, 2017