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Nearly 100,000 pounds of debris and ghost nets removed from reefs off Hawaii by freedivers

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Diver Ryan Naluai works on removing a large derelict fishing net at Kamokuokamohoaliʻi / Maro Reef.

A team of free divers removed nearly 100,000 pounds of debris and ghost nets from reefs and beaches off of Hawaii. 

Team members with the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP), a Hawaii-based non-profit organization, returned to Honolulu on Saturday aboard the 185-ft ship M/V Imua cleared 97,295 pounds of marine debris -- including 86,000 pounds of ghost nets --- from reefs and beaches of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). 

Large trawl net found at Kamokuokamohoaliʻi / Maro Reef.

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Derelict fishing net at Kāmole/Laysan Island.

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Kathryn spent the last decade in the Bay Area working in nonprofits, education, and communications consulting. She has a B.A. in English from St. Mary's College of CA and an M.A. in Public Affairs and Politics from the University of San Francisco.

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