We've collected thousands of SHARKastics!  We want to figure out which species of sharks, seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals, fish, plesiosaurs, etc. are biting these plastics and if they are actually consuming the plastic (which would obviously be bad for them)...  

Our primary study sites are Kaho'olawe, Maui and Palmyra Atoll.  More data coming soon!

Ka'ehu, Maui data

Besides ingesting marine debris, sea turtles and other animals often get entangled in it...

What's the biggest threat to Hawaiian sea turtle survival?

-> interactions with fishing gear (hooks, line and other gear)

Kanapou, Kaho'olawe data

Kahoolawe sea turtle swimming amongst marine debris

It has been well documented that multiple species of marine life are consuming marine debris.  This post-hatchling was found washed ashore on Kaua'i, with these items in its stomach:

*Click to view:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2034/full

*Click to learn more about Hawaiian hawksbills: www.HIhawksbills.org

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Sea turtle swimming amongst marine debris off of the Kaho'olawe coast.




Got hagfish/eel traps?!

We're collecting them from all over Hawai'i!⁠

Here's how to join this collaborative ocean conservation project:⁠

1. Find and save any traps (and parts of them) that you find along the coast. ⁠

2. Email hagfish@surfrider.org with location information of where you found them and the number of traps you collected, with pictures when possible... or please submit this on our easy Google Form:


3. We'll be in touch with next steps (please don't throw them away in the mean time). ⁠

4. Learn more: https://hawaii.surfrider.org/hagfish/  

5. Mahalo for spreading the word!⁠