Marine debris is everybody’s problem

Marine debris being cleared from the ocean. (courtesy photo/ DLNR)

More marine debris washes up on some beaches than others due to local current patterns. (courtesy photo/ DLNR)

Marine pollution is a very significant threat to marine life in the ocean. Abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing nets can ruin essential habitat like coral reefs, as well as entangle marine life such as turtles and humpback whales. The Protected Species Program with the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) would like to remind everyone to utilize its statewide marine debris hotline and reporting website.