The scientists fill their ships with a full load this month off the coast of Hawaii. But the charge was not a fish, coral or other specimens. They bring the trash.
Crew of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oscar Elton Sette attract 50 metric tons of marine debris from the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in northwestern Hawaiian islands last month. These activities are part of the mission since 1996 to clean the shallow reef environment.
“What surprised us was that after several years of marine debris removal in Papahanaumokuakea and more than 700 tons of rubble after that, we still find plenty of fishing equipment from shallow reefs and the shore,” said Kyle Koyanagi, chief scientist of participate in the mission, in a statement issued by NOAA.
“Our boat was very full and there is no room for the debris.”
NOAA deployed ships waste hauler since 1996. Mission ended on Saturday (July 14), 17 scientists clean coastal waters and shoreline in Kure Atoll, Midway Atoll, Pearl Atoll, Lisianski Island and Laysan Island, and all areas north of the islands of Hawaii.
About half of the marine debris found was a broken fishing pole and plastic in the Midway Atoll. Although the researchers tried to find, they found no remains of Japan in 2011 and the tsunami. Some debris from the disaster were found on the west coast of North America, including a pier that washed away and covered by marine organisms.
Marine debris such as nets that have been disposed to make some animals such as turtles, seals and sea animals caught.
“Marine debris is a problem that would not go over, especially in the Pacific,” said Carey Morishige, coordinator of the Pacific Islands region for Marine Debris Program (Marine Debris Program) at NOAA.
Large amount of trash pulled from the ocean would be used as power plant fuel. -Nets to Energy Program in Hawaii will separate the metals from the damaged nets and cut it to be used in the combustion process. Vapor arising from the combustion turbines will be to produce energy.