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MARINE DEBRIS

Hawaiʻi Marine Debris Action Plan


Marine pollution is one of the most significant issues impacting our ocean today.  High volumes of marine pollution continues to wash up and litter Hawaii’s shoreline, posing a risk to the island’s delicate ecosystems, marine life, and community health.

Facilitated by the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Hawaiʻi Marine Debris Action Plan (HI-MDAP) is a collaborative effort between government agencies, private entities, nonprofits, and academic institutions designed to reduce the ecological, health and safety, and economic impacts of marine debris by 2020.

MOC Marine Institute has committed to the below action items, 2018 – 2020:

GOAL 1: Reduce Sources of Marine Debris through Prevention

  • Use social media as a platform for outreach to the general public.
  • Continue education and outreach at schools and universities, to residents and visitors.
  • Conduct education and outreach to residents and visitors through presentations and events.
  • Work with HI-MDAP research partners to relay scientific information to the community.
  • Participate in international symposiums to highlight relevance in Hawai‘i.
  • Offer assistance to businesses and hotels to increase plastic free efforts.
  • Certify tour operators (ex. hotels) as Ocean Friendly Businesses.

GOAL 2: Reduce the Amount and Impacts of Ocean-Based Marine Debris

  • Continue education and outreach to fishers related to derelict gear and marine debris.
  • Determine best management practices in regards to coastline fishing gear and practices.

GOAL 3: Support and Sustain Marine Debris Removal

  • Identify and implement a standardized protocol for community-based removal efforts.
  • Continue to identify and prioritize cleanup sites and debris types on each island.
  • Continue engagement with NOAA marine wildlife staff regarding their priority regions.
  • Install fishing line recycling bins/containers at all harbors statewide.
  • Continue to facilitate, coordinate, and conduct regularly scheduled cleanups and net patrols.

GOAL 5: Conduct High-Quality Research to Understand Marine Debris

  • Continue to assess the impacts of marine debris on wildlife.


Malama Land & Sea


Marine debris is an increasingly global problem impacting Hawaii, and threatening marine life, human health, and our local economy. Join our team of marine scientists and educators as we work to decrease marine pollution and protect Maui’s coastal and underwater environments through monthly public cleanup events.

Upcoming Cleanups:
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019


Cleanup Results, December 2018.

Cleanup Results, November 2018

Cleanup Results, September 2018.

Cleanup Results, August 2018.

Cleanup Results, July 2018.

Cleanup Results, June 2018.

Cleanup Results, May 2018.