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Marine Debris Research and Removal in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Our team surveys and cleans up derelict fishing nets and ocean plastics from the reef and shoreline habitats of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, an ecologically and culturally significant area.

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