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Marine debris is being addressed through the dedicated work of organizations and partnerships throughout the Pacific Islands region. Organizations listed below are actively engaged in efforts to prevent, reduce, remove, and research the impacts of marine debris in the region. For contact information, please visit the organizational websites.
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(HWF) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to native wildlife. Founded in 1996, HWF volunteers and team members use environmental education, restoration projects, advocacy, and research studies to protect threatened flora, fauna, and habitats statewide. HWF has removed several hundred tons of marine debris in Hawai‘i, has participated in the HI-MDAP actions since its inception, and continues to host regular cleanup events on Maui and Hawai‘i Island. Learn more at wildhawaii.org.
Established by the Marine Debris Act of 2006, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is the lead U.S. federal agency for marine debris. The mission of the program is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris in our oceans and Great Lakes. Our work centers around research, removal, and prevention of marine debris, as well as emergency response and regional coordination. The Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator resides in Honolulu, Hawai'i. https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/
Ongoing beach and reef cleanups around Maui: www.SHARKastics.org