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Increasing tide of garbage? Nets, plastic litter West Hawaii water, shoreline

KAILUA-KONA – The sea is full of fish. And garbage. It's also not a new phenomenon, and it's not just…

KAILUA-KONA – The sea is full of fish. And garbage.

It’s also not a new phenomenon, and it’s not just news that the waters off West Hawaii are not freed from dangerous contaminants. Government officials, boat captains and residents in the area, however, have all noticed a clear blow of marine litter in recent weeks – namely lost fishing and letting grids, plastic and even building materials.

Capt. Jeff Fear, a long-term commercial fisherman, said that plastic and other garbage are more or less constant 20-40 miles offshore. Where he noticed the increase in debris, there are 1,000 funds, where nets are the main problem, and what he called Ono Lane, about 40-50 floods leave the coast.

“There have been a lot of things over the past couple of weeks, fear said.” You name it, it’s there. “

Power supply, the problematic presence of excess waste both in the water and on the shoreline has plagued the Hawaiian Islands

Lynda Bertelmann gathered on Tuesday for a group of clear fishing nets, PVC pipes and wooden boards full of nails from the Ala Kahakai Trail, which runs along the coast between the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

She said that Her friends in Kawaihae have seen rubbish laundering at Honokoa and Kailapa.

Megan Lamson, fish and habitat monitoring technician with the Department of Water Resources and Natural Resources Department of Aquaculture Resources (DAR), said that grids have left foul rings on Pololu and Puako. Currently throwing Makalawena Beach.

Capt. Jeremy Bricco, employed by Jack’s Diving Locker, fished a net out of the water r Kohanaiki Saturday when his boat went out for the night manta ray tour. He estimated the net weight between 200-250 pounds and said it took three people to pull it on board.

“For some reason, I do not know what happened, but in the last two or three weeks we have had a lot of these things coming,” Bricco said.

Lamson, also Hawaii Island Program Manager for the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, said that an apparent increase in marine debris extends considerably longer than that &#821

1; but the added keyword is “obvious”. [19659002] “Anecdotally, yes, the big lost fishnet bundles seem to increase,” she said. “It’s been nice to have a blow up since 2017. But scientifically, I’d be uncomfortable saying that it’s statistically significant. But there are fishermen coming into the DAR office saying,” I’ve never seen so much. “”

While networks, lines, plastics and other waste suck up in the Pacific at an alarming rate, Lamson explained that in the Hawaiian islands tends to accumulate such litters on northeastern beaches. In Hawaii Island, accumulation is more common along the southeast coast, starting at South Point and extending several miles northeast.

The presence of marine pollution makes it more or less certain that every part of each island will be affected by marine debris to one degree or another. But Lamson said that identifying specific sins could be as shady as navigating in the water they pollute.

“We have learned that there is a country or industry that is truly ineffective,” she explained. “We must all acknowledge the problem and work together with the solution together.”

However, Lamson added that the Hawaii Wildlife Fund along with volunteers have removed more than half a million pounds of marine junk in the last 15 years. Of more than 51 percent consisted of the grid and line cut, most commonly used for fishing and transport of goods.

Some network / line waste may have been deliberately discarded, although Lamson believes that most founders

DAR installed network containers outside of their Kona and Hilo offices in February 2017 and March 2018 respectively. Since that time, Lamson said the division had taken removed about 4 650 pounds of deceased grids and lanes in seven trucks. The woman office produced two trucks in 2017 and already four this year, with one fifth ready to ship.

Mark Manuel, Pacific Islands Marine Debris Regional Coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) talked about whether the state should expect even more trash to accumulate.

“There is currently no indication that the amount of marine debris in our sea is decreasing,” Manuel said, naming plastic as the most common type. “In addition, we do not have a significant amount of marine junk data (or even a good baseline) in Hawaii to determine if we should not expect more.”

As for the power source stretched across the West Hawaii coastline, like all other islands, Manuel said that it is not from Hawaii’s commercial fishermen, which is part of the industry for the long-distance industry.

“These network heating is mostly from trawling or flea fishing that occurs throughout the Pacific,” Manuel says. Adding sources is both international and domestic.

Ocean flow patterns can also play a role in why West Hawaii has apparently been the landing site for more junk in recent weeks, but Lamson said that these patterns can be dynamic and thus difficult to determine. Several small local eddies complicate things further.

Because both the source of pollution and the factors that carry it with a potentially greater frequency in West Hawaii waters remain at least partially obscured, the best solution is to engage in cleaning.

The Hawaii Wildlife Fund exercises several years to help to combat some of the obvious negative effects – intrusive marine life, accidental plastic intake, coral reefs and potential imports of invasive species.

Fear is also a prominent member of the Big Island Wave Riders Against Drugs, which conducts beach clean-ups. As a fisherman, he holds a Scoop It event, inviting other boat captains to help clean local waters for the collective property.

“Many of us work at night so you can not see (junk),” Fear said. “One of these times someone will hit something, and they will sink, and someone will be hurt.”

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