Mission Complete! 94,472 Pounds of Debris Removed!

94,472 pounds of marine debris removed! Lynker is proud to be part of the 25-day Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) team’s cleanup mission to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument during the 15th anniversary of the monument. The crew of 12 removed debris from Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, Midway Atoll, French Frigate Shoals and Kure Atoll.  The team removed derelict fishing nets and plastics from approximately 200 acres of shoreline habitat in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.  The crew sailed into Kewalo Basin back on April 21 with a staggering 94,472 lbs of marine debris removed from five island locations within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.  Of this total, nearly 80,000 lbs consisted of derelict fishing nets and 15,000 lbs of plastics.  The success of this mission completely surpassed initial goals, exceeding expected debris removal estimates by 25,000 lbs, and making this PMDP’s most successful mission to date.  Way to go team!

The Imua has returned to Honolulu with a heavy load and a happy crew!

Photo Credit:  Andy Carre

A juvenile Hawaiian monk seal rests on top of a pile of ghost nets on the windward shores of Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Photo Credit: Matthew Chauvin