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
GOAL 2: Reduce the Amount and Impacts of Ocean-Based Marine Debris
GOAL 3: Support and Sustain Marine Debris Removal
GOAL 5: Conduct High-Quality Research to Understand Marine Debris
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.