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Team of scientists collects 12 tons of ocean trash in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A team of scientists collected 12 tons of marine trash during a month-long research trip in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that wrapped up last week.

That’s about equivalent to the weight of six cars.

Scientists have been traveling to the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument since 1996 to study and remove ocean debris.

This year, a team of 10 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists made the trip, and chronicled their progress on a new blog, social media and an interactive map.

The debris removal project has generated shocking images of mountains of trash on uninhabited Pacific shores, and a better understanding of how ocean currents concentrate marine trash in particular places.

This year’s marine debris include:

  • More than 1,800 derelict fishing nets or net fragments
  • Nearly 1,500 plastic bottles
  • Some 4,500 bottle caps
  • 570 shoes and sandals
  • 535 cigarette lighters
  • 485 toothbrushes or other hygiene products
  • and nearly 8,500 hard plastic fragments.

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