What a fantastic turn out this past Saturday, March 11th! We teamed up with Aaron’s Dive Shop and Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) for our monthly cleanup at Point Panic. We had over 50 volunteers show up ready to dive, freedive, and walk through the park in search of debris. We even had a surprise guest appearance from Mermaid Linda Stephanie! Partnering with Aaron’s and HMAR is always fun and brings out a happy crowd. Before we started the cleanup, each organization provided a brief introduction about themselves. Aaron’s Dive Shop is a PADI-5 Star IDC facility located in Kailua. As the oldest dive shop in Hawaii, it is an excellent choice for guided dives, PADI certifications, rentals, and servicing gear! HMAR is the largest marine species conservation, education, field support, rescue and stranding response organization in Hawaii. Anabel, HMAR’s Marine Programs Technician, informed the volunteers about their citizen science Beat Debris program. This program was designed to encourage divers to submit easy to use reports online about the debris found while diving. This data helps HMAR collect information on the types of debris and the locations where it is found in the Hawaiian Islands. Divers that submit reports, are entered to win monthly prizes. To learn more about the amazing work that HMAR does or more about the Beat Debris program, you can visit their website here.