The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program recently announced that the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) was one of only 11 groups across the country to receive a portion of a near-$1 million grant to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris from shorelines and coastal waters. KIRC will receive $100,530.
This grant will enable KIRC to lead five "Volunteer Accesses" to Kaho'olawe in its goal to remove 10 tons of marine debris from the shoreline. Over the 18-month project period, KIRC will conduct public outreach events to help inform the community on the negative effects caused by marine debris and derelict fishing gear on the marine environment.
For information on how to volunteer for this program with KIRC, visit kahoolawe.hawaii.gov/volunteer.shtml.
KIRC will receive a grant of $100,530 to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris from shorelines and coastal waters.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Kaho'olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund in support of this project, send your contribution to KIRC, 811 Kolu Street, Ste. 201, Wailuku, HI 96793, or give online at hawaiianwayfund.org (donor designation #130).