In Partnership with Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP)
Marine debris and plastic pollution. An estimated 115,000 pounds of derelict fishing nets are found in the coral reefs of Papahānaumokuākea every year. It is common to find seabirds ingesting plastic debris, endangered Hawaiina monk seals and threatened green sea turtles entangled in derelict fishing nets. Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) protects the wildlife and critical habitats of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) that encompasses 583,000 square miles of deep ocean and uninhabited islands. Through their amazing work, they have 431 metric tons of derelict nets, saved 87 Hawaiian monk seals (only 1,400 left) from entangled nets, and continue to protect this sacred area. Protect what you love. Together we are united by the ocean.