Mass of rope, nets at Kamilo Point adds to growing amount of debris on state’s shores

  • The 40-ton net mass looms on the Kamilo Point rocks, while other ocean-borne debris litters the shore. (STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES/Courtesy photo)

  • University of Hawaii researchers and Hawaii Wildlife Fund volunteers investigate a 40-ton net mass that washed ashore in January at Kamilo Point. (STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES/Courtesy photo)

A tangled mass of rope estimated to weigh in excess of 40 tons washed ashore at Kamilo Point last month, the latest in an uptick in seaborne debris accumulating on Hawaii shores.