The state and 4 nonprofits have created a brand new hotline to report derelict fishing gear chargeable for entangling marine life together with turtles and whales.
The hotline, 833-4-Da-Nets (833-432-6387) is a collaboration between the Division of Land and Pure Assets’ Division of Aquatic Assets in addition to the Maui Ocean Heart Marine Institute, Sustainable Coastlines on Oahu, Surfrider Basis on Kauai and the Hawaii Wildlife Basis on Hawaii island.
“Marine air pollution, together with deserted, misplaced and discarded fishing nets, is likely one of the most vital threats impacting our ocean as we speak,” Tommy Cutt, the Maui Ocean Heart Marine Institute’s govt director, stated in a information launch Thursday. “The Marine Particles Fast Response Hotline gives a chance for us to work collaboratively with our neighborhood to cut back threats dealing with marine life and guarantee a wholesome ocean for future generations.”
Kristin Kelly with the DAR Protected Species Program defined that “the thought is to have folks name in hazardous nets instantly.”
“We are able to mount a speedy response to take away these nets from our shorelines as rapidly as attainable and earlier than they drift again into the open ocean,” Kelly stated.
Most of the reported and picked up ghost nets will go towards use in a analysis examine by Hawaii Pacific College’s Heart for Marine Particles Analysis. The examine goals to supply the nets again to their origin in hopes of working with fisheries to forestall them within the first place.
“Along with calling the hotline, we nonetheless wish to encourage of us to additionally report particles by means of the state web site,” Kelly stated. “You’ll be able to add photographs and it ensures reporting of as a lot knowledge as attainable. That is particularly useful in reporting massive or hazardous marine particles.”
Marine particles could be reported for elimination at dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/reportmarinedebrishawaii/.