|Kahuku Beach Clean-up|
|Kahuku Beach Clean-up
An International Year of the Reef event
Saturday 2nd August, 2008
Volunteers after the clean-up. photo: Nalani Mattox-Primacio
|160 volunteers at the Kahuku beach clean-up worked very hard removing marine debris (rope, derelict fishing nets, and all types of plastic) on Saturday, 2nd August, 2008. 3,000 pounds of fishing nets/rope, 1,100 pounds of marine debris and 50 pounds of recyclables were cleared off the beach.
The fishing nets/rope were dropped off at Schnitzer Steel where they are going to be cut in small pieces and then burned for electricity at H-Power. The marine debris was unloaded at H-Power and later burned for electricity. 86% of all items collected was made of plastic.
The 10 most found items were:
1. Pieces of plastic: 9,010
2. Rope: 1,152
3. Caps/lids: 809
4. Styrofoam pieces: 735
5. Rubber tubing: 348
6. Oyster spacers: 299
7. Beverage bottles (plastic): 253
8. Other plastic bottles: 203
9. Fishing nets: 197
10. Floats: 153
|Participants before the clean-up.
||Senator Clayton Hee and Hawai`i State Representative Michael Magaoy spoke to the volunteers before the clean-up. photo: Nalani Mattox-Primacio
||Volunteers spread out over Kahuku Beach.|
Volunteers pushing and pulling a big net to the Matson container. photo: Nalani Mattox-Primacio
Volunteers moving one of several huge fishing nets.
|Two participants with the first fishing net pulled out from under the rocks.
|The support crew at the tent.
||These curious horses came over to see what was going on at the tent. photo: Caryn Kunz
||A volunteer pulling out a fishing net. photo: Caryn Kunz|
|Volunteers pulling a lost fishing net from the rocky reef.
||Group of volunteers with the derelict fishing net they had pulled from the reef.
||A typical collection of marine debris. 86% of the marine debris collected was plastic.
|Many of the fishing nets were caught under heavy rocks. One volunteer used his car jack to unleash the nets.
||Local volunteers including Senator Hee and Hawaii State Rep. Michael Magoay worked hard at removing heavy fishing nets from the reef.
||4,150 pounds of marine debris including 3,000 pounds of fishing net/rope. photo: Caryn Kunz|
Participants loading the Matson container with marine debris.
It took a dozen volunteers to load this fishing net into the container.
|Dean weighing a bag of marine debris.
photo: Nalani Mattox-Primacio
|International Year of the Reef t-shirt winners.
||Unloading the fishing nets at Schnitzer Steel where they will be cut into smaller pieces and burned at H-Power for electricity.
||3,000 pounds of fishing nets and rope.
|The marine debris was unloaded at H-Power and later burned for electricity.|
Thank you to Senator Clayton Hee, his staff and Junior Primacio for helping get access to the beach clean-up site. Thank you to Senator Hee and Hawaii State Representative Michael Magoay who gave short inspirational talks to the volunteers before the clean-up. Thank you to Caryn Kunz who organized several groups (2/3 of the participants) from her church, Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the 10-12 members who helped with set-up, registration table, and pack-up.
Thank you to all the groups who participated: Church of Latter Day Saints, B.E.A.C.H. members and all the other individuals and families who helped clean Kahuku Beach.
Thanks also to our prize sponsors: Kale's Natural Foods (also donated bottled water), Ben & Jerry's, International Year of the Reef, and Hawaii Conservation Alliance. Thanks also to Matson who donated the container and Quiksilver who donated the insurance for the clean-up.
|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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