This past Saturday, we had a blast partnering with Hawai’i Marine Animal Response (HMAR) for our February cleanup at Point Panic. HMAR is the largest nonprofit marine species conservation, education, field support, rescue and stranding response organization based in Hawai’i. They have a Marine Debris Program (MDP) that is in the water almost every weekend removing and documenting marine debris. We love partnering with this team of enthusiastic, ocean-loving volunteers!
We ended up having one of our largest groups of volunteers ever, including our regular volunteers, HMAR’s Marine debris volunteers, and some new people we hope to see again in the future! The group included SCUBA divers, freedivers, and some land support too. We also lucked out with conditions that were some of the best we have seen in the last few months on land and in the water.
We had a total of 33 volunteers and were able to remove 268 total pounds of trash from the ocean reefs and sandy bottom. A few volunteers cleaned around the rocks by the water and around the beach park to find 10 pounds of trash. It takes a lot of paper and plastics to amount to 10 pounds!