International Coastal Cleanup Day at Kahului Harbor

September 21, 2019

The 25-year partnership between Pacific Whale Foundation and the Malama Maui Nui Get the Drift and Bag It campaign will continue as we partner to clean Kahului Harbor, an area that is consistently bombarded with marine debris washing ashore from the Great Pacific garbage patch. The Kahului Harbor cleanup is from 8-11am with lunch provided afterward. Other partners include Blue Zones ProjectYard Games HawaiiDept. of TransportationDivision of Boating and Ocean Recreation, and the Environmental Protection & Sustainability Division. Closed-toed shoes and sun protection advised

International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) is an annual occasion in which communities in over 100 countries come together to remove debris from their local coastal environments. Most of this debris is plastic. Pacific Whale Foundation research shows that 70-90% of debris found on and around Maui is composed of plastic, which has disastrous impacts for all marine life, from coral and the small organisms that constitute plankton to some of the largest mammals on Earth.

This year, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) staff and volunteers will be stationed at a range of coastal areas throughout the island. We invite residents and visitors of Maui to join in removing harmful debris from the marine environment and to reduce the amount of litter that reaches the beach in the first place by rethinking daily habits through our new RETHINK campaign. It is our conviction that this two-pronged approach is key to one day successfully ridding the ocean of plastic waste. 

To volunteer for these ICCD activities, pre-register at pacificwhale.org/volunteer. Click the first link on the page, then choose your cleanup after you receive our confirmation email. 

 

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