[Photo supplied by NOAA].
The new MDAP is described as "a comprehensive long-term plan to actively assess and remove plastics, derelict fishing gear, and other human sources of marine debris from coastal waters and coral reefs along the island chain." The plan, which was developed as a cooperative effort among NOAA; federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; conservation organizations; private industry; and community groups, aims to provide a comprehensive framework for activities to reduce:
- the current backlog of marine debris
- the number of abandoned and derelict vessels
- land-based debris in waterways, and
- fishing gear and solid waste disposal at sea
These efforts are very welcome, and we are so pleased that the Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan is now formally implemented. Marine debris is a global problem, of course, and we hope that the Hawaii MDAP will serve as a model for similar efforts elsewhere.
For more information about the new program: Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan (HI-MDAP) - 2 page 'pdf' file
Also visit the NOAA Marine Debris Program on the Web for related information, photos, and videos.
NOTE: This article was included in the February 2010 Carnival of Aloha, a blog carnival with a Hawaii theme. Have a look: Preservation and Lots of Aloha Create an Interesting Carnival
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