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Maui Ocean Center to Provide Beach Cleanup Materials Starting June 8

June 8, 2021, 8:46 AM HST
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The MOC Marine Institute Honu Hero Beach Cleanup Program kicks off June 8. Photo Courtesy: Maui Ocean Center

In honor of World Ocean Day, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute announced a beach cleanup program that allows residents and visitors to Maui to take a hands-on approach to help protect marine environments and collect data.

“Plastic pollution is one of the most significant threats impacting our ocean today,” according to a Maui Ocean Center announcement.

To participate in the Honu Hero Beach Cleanup Program, pick up a beach cleanup kit from the Maui Ocean Center, choose a beach to clean and return the kit and datasheet once complete. Participants can post a picture on Instagram of their cleanup using #HonuHero to receive a free Honu Hero sticker.

The beach cleanup kit includes a bucket for debris, datasheet, clipboard, pencils and gloves. Kits are available for pickup and drop-off between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day of the week at MOC Marine Institute’s table near the front exit of Maui Ocean Center.

To pick up the cleanup kit beyond scheduled times, make arrangements at [email protected]

Data on Plastic Pollution

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The following data comes from the MOC Marine Institute:

  • 10 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean annually
  • 1 million marine animals are killed by plastic pollution every year.
  • Half of all plastic produced is for single-use purposes
  • Less than 9% of all plastic gets recycled
  • Humans eat an estimated 40 pounds of plastic in a lifetime

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