Kokololio Beach Clean-up

Kokololio Beach Clean-up
An International Year of the Reef event
Sunday February 10, 2008





Enthusiastic volunteers at the beach clean-up worked very hard removing marine debris (rope, derelict fishing nets, and all types of plastic) and driftwood from Kokololio Beach on Sunday, 10th February, 2008. 444 pounds of marine debris and over 19 cubic yards of driftwood were cleared off the beach. It took 4 truckloads to remove it all.

Thank you to all the groups who participated: Downtown Rotaract Club, Kahea: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, UH Marine Option Program, B.E.A.C.H. members and all the other individuals and families who helped clean Kokololio Beach.

Thanks also to our prize sponsors: Kale's Natural Foods (also donated bottled water), Ben & Jerry's, East O`ahu Physical Therapy, and Styrophobia.

The 10 most found items were:
1. Pieces of plastic: 26,393
2. Caps/lids: 1,232
3. Rope: 936
4. Oyster spacers: 632
5. Eel cones: 110
6. Small spacers: 91
7. Styrofoam pieces: 65
8. Buoys/floats: 62
9. Bleach/cleaner bottles: 55
10. Beverage bottles (plastic): 30

The clean-up was the lead story on K5 and KHNL8's 9pm and 10pm newscasts.

International Year of the Reef 2008 is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect them.

Mahalo to the City and County of Honolulu
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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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