HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Organizations are dealing with a surge in reports of abandoned fishing nets washing up along Hawaii's coastlines.
The nets pose a entanglement threat to marine life and can also destroy coral reefs.
"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."
POP Fishing & Marine maintains a drop-off bin for derelict nets at Honolulu Harbor's Pier 38 as part of Hawaii's Nets-to-Energy Program.
"In the past several months, there's been a large uptick, a large volume of nets and debris washing up, probably due to ocean current conditions. We've never seen this much volume in such a short period of time," said Neil Kanemoto of POP Fishing & Marine.
HWF expects to fill up another container for shipment by the end of the year.