November 9, 2018 – P&R Water Taxi’s Captain Dennis Bishop sailed the MV Imua on a joint expedition with NOAA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and State of Hawaii DLNR.
Imua sailed in search of Marine Debris throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, making stops at Midway, Kure, Pearl, Hermes, Lisanski, Laysan and French Frigate Shoals.
NOAA ship, Oscar Sette, also sailed, along with a team of volunteers and scientists.
Learn more about the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument here:
They gathered debris from throughout the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument, an area of protected waters over 580,000 square miles in size.
After a month at sea, the ships and crew returned to Honolulu offloading tons of Marine Debris.
163,000 lbs of Marine Debris was collected during this month long expedition.
Plastic bottles, laundry baskets, fishing lines, nets and shoes were among the debris collected.
Left in the ocean, plastic debris turns into micro plastics in the ocean, invading our food chain with dangerous chemicals.
Learn more about Marine Debris here: https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/discover-issue/types-and-sources
Our Company is proud to be part of these Ocean Clean Up efforts.
Stay tuned for Imua’s return from Midway in late November 2018, when she will bring another 63,000 lbs of debris back to Honolulu.