Marine debris washed up on Oahu’s south shore this week.
A tangled mess of fishnet and buoys estimated to weigh about 1000 pounds, is now headed to be burned at the city’s waste-to-energy plant.
It took about a half a dozen people to get it out of the water at Kewalo when it turned up Tuesday night.
Surfers hauled the ball of discarded fishnets in from the break.
Surfer Ikaia Louis was surprised to see the state workers wrestling the ocean rubbish over the breakwater wall.
"It was very, very unusual. I surf here every day and I have never seen that big amount of debris here before.We actually thought there was an animal trapped inside that they were trying to release, but they just took it to the trash," said Louis.
Kewalo Basin's harbor master could only recall debris turning up around the harbor once before in last four years.
Last week’s Kona winds may have helped to push the ocean trash on shore.
"If you remember last week we had south winds for several days When you have the onshore winds we are likely to get marine debris washing up," said Charles Barclay.
Barclay said there are no clues to indicate if the nets came from Japan, or if it’s just standard stuff that has been floating around in the open ocean.
But the disposal of this mess is relatively easy, compared to what the state is dealing with on the Big Island.
An unusually large metal container that turned up recently in the Naalehu may be costly to remove.
The state has authorized up to $100,000 for the undertaking.
"Because it’s in such a remote area, it could be in terms of airlift, it could be in terms of pulling it back out to water, or cutting it into smaller pieces and taking it out via airlift." said State Land Director William Aila.
The container isn't posing a hazard, so there isn't an urgent need to dispose of it immediately, but state is getting quotes from companies to begin the process.
Aila said he plans to ask state lawmakers for about $2 million in next year’s budget to deal with the growing marine debris cleanup.
He is also looking to see how money that Japan has offered to help with the cleanup will be distributed to those states who are being impacted by the tsunami debris.