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Plastic marine debris on Hawaii’s windward coasts comes mostly from abroad, study finds

  • BRUCE ASATO / 2017
                                A study by Hawaii Pacific University found that most of the plastic pollution found on Hawaii beaches comes from abroad. Plastic debris from various parts of the island gets organized into beakers at the HPU Center for Marine Debris Research.

    BRUCE ASATO / 2017

    A study by Hawaii Pacific University found that most of the plastic pollution found on Hawaii beaches comes from abroad. Plastic debris from various parts of the island gets organized into beakers at the HPU Center for Marine Debris Research.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Large fishing nets, rope and a variety of plastic washed ashore in Kailua.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Large fishing nets, rope and a variety of plastic washed ashore in Kailua.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Jennifer Lynch, co-director of the HPU Center for Marine Debris Research, classifies marine debris with lab equipment.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Jennifer Lynch, co-director of the HPU Center for Marine Debris Research, classifies marine debris with lab equipment.

A study conducted at Hawaii Pacific University has found that the majority of marine debris washing up on Hawaii’s shores is not from the isles, but from abroad. Read more

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