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DLNR MEDIA ADVISORY: Statewide marine debris survey reveals accumulation hot springs

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Latest Department News

Aerial surveys of the entire coastline of the main eight Hawaiian Islands in late 2015 provides a close-up view of the amount and types of marine debris that regularly accumulates.  The study was funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan as part of the Japan Tsunami Gift Fund.  While the survey found a very limited amount of debris associated with the Japan tsunami, it reveals that most debris landing on Hawaii beaches, is either derelict fishing gear and nets or everyday plastics discarded by people.


News Conference and Media Availability


May 31, 2016

11:00 a.m.


Magic Island, Honolulu (beach side)


  • Brian Neilson, Aquatic Invasive Species Biologist, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources
  • Kirsten Moy, Marine Debris Coordinator, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources


Video, photographs and interviews from Kahuku Beach will be available for distribution. Individual island maps will also be available.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

Office of the Chairperson

1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 131

Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 587-0407

[email protected]