2006 Waimanalo Beach Clean-up

Over 130 people took part in the annual "Get the Drift and Bag It" clean-up on September 16, 2006 including 9 groups and 10 sponsors. Participants worked in teams of 3 or 4 to collect, count, and record marine debris and other trash that was picked up. Below is a top ten list of what was collected:

3890 Pieces of plastic
3319 Cigarette butts
600 Food wrappers/containers
546 Plastic bottle caps
410 Rope
245 Cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons
221 Straws, stirrers
210 Bags (plastic or paper)
136 Oyster spacers
132 Pieces of fishing nets

pieces of plastic

cigarette butts food wrappers caps and lids rope
plastic spoon straws plastic bags oyster spacers fishing nets

Volunteers Kamehameha students & Waimanalo resident drag a ball of fishing net & rope to the road for pick-up Kamehameha students sitting on top
of a huge fishing net

Buried fishing nets
Before the clean-up After the clean-up

“Get the Drift and Bag It” is the name of the local statewide effort which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day – an annual event that takes place on the 3rd Saturday of September. International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy involves millions of volunteers around the world collecting and recording what types of marine debris is found. The data is then compiled and used to find solutions to preventing pollution.

Coral Photograph Credit to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce and Dr. James P. McVey. Dolphins, Japanese Angelfish, Green turtle, and Laysan Albatross photos by James Watt. Humpback whale photo by James Mobeley

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