MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A large mound of cargo nets that was found on the shore of a popular Maui beach will be removed this week.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources said the mound was discovered two weeks ago at Waianapanapa State Park on the black sand beach.
The mound included cargo nets and other marine debris.
DLNR officials say the nets will be removed Thursday morning, and require a partial closure of the park.
The upper parking lot and lookout area will be closed from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday. The shoreline of the black sand beach (Pailoa Bay) will also be closed during that time.
Crews will be working with Windward Aviation to sling load the heavy debris pile, and transport it from the shoreline to the nearby county landfill, the DLNR said.
The area will reopen once work is complete.
Recently, there have been an increase in reports of fishing net masses washing onto Hawaii's shores.
"A lot of the debris accumulation is due to our geographic location in the North Pacific," said Mark Manuel, Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. "We're just prone to having high levels of debris accumulate on our shorelines and coral reef environments."
Environmental officials are constantly reminding the public to do their best in retrieving marine debris when fishing and participating in other recreational outdoor activities.