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International Coastal Cleanup Recap​

October 01, 2014

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We extend a big mahalo to the 47 volunteers who came out for the 29th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 20th. Our team included National Fish and Wildlife staff, Girl Scout Troop 813 from Mililani, members of the Kahuku High and Intermediate School Green Club, and many more! 

We also thank Keep the Hawaiian Islands Beautiful (KHIB) who organizes the Hawaiʻi state effort as a part of this global Ocean Conservancy event.

Volunteers spent extra time sorting and counting debris for Ocean Conservancy's data cards. We recovered 450 pounds of debris, 132 pounds of which will go to the Method Soap Ocean Plastic bottle project. Highlights of our cleanup results include 447 plastic bottle caps, 260 plastic beverage bottles, over 550 foam pieces, and over 1,100 small plastic pieces of marine debris along with the typical finds of fishing gear and beach litter. Such finds only inspire our volunteers to keep their plastic free commitments.