Kanapou Cleanup Before and After Photos

Fifth International Marine Debris Conference

The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference took place March
20-25, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations Environment Programme were co-organizers of the conference, which brought together 440 participants representing 38 countries. Attendees participated in workshops, field trips, technical and policy sessions, poster presentations, and panel discussions.

Ocean Program Resources Specialist II Cheryl King presented the following posters and videos during her presentations at the IMDC:

Kanapou Cleanup Poster

Kanapou Cleanup Video

KHON2 news clip- Get the Drift and Bag It

Acting like a catcher's mitt, Kanapou Bay on the island of Kahoʻolawe in Hawaiʻi captures both local and international marine debris from all across the Pacific Ocean. The prevailing currents and winds funnel derelict fishing gear, shipping crates, beach toys, footwear, and debris of all types onto Keoneuli Beach. The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission, chartered with managing the island and its marine reserve, have teamed up with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to remove the marine debris that has accumulated. It's a huge job and we want to thank all who have been involved!

Sharkastics Poster

Sharkastics Video

"Sharkastics" are what we've termed plastics that have obvious bite marks (jagged serrations and/or punctures) from sharks and other animals. They are commonly found during our marine debris cleanups in Hawai'i and we want to determine their global distribution.In attempt to gather more information and assess this issue's impacts on shark survival we've created www.sharkastics.org. Got sharkastics? Please check us out and add your input. Mahalo!

Sharkastics and Marine Debris Poster