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Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Camps

The first cruise of the 2011 research season to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument involved re-establishment of five Hawaiian monk seal research camps, clean-up of debris and repair of damage caused at the camps by the March tsunami, and removal of more than 16 tons of marine debris.

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Midway Shoreline Cleanup with monk seal   Disentangling a Seal

A critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal rests next to a pile of derelict fishing nets in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
(Photo: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center)

  Marine debris, such as derelict fishing nets and gear, pose a serious entanglement hazard to critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other marine creatures.
(Photo: NOAA/Yoshinaga)
Car Fender on Lisianski    

There are no cars on Lisianski Island in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, but this photo is a stark reminder of the global scope of the marine debris problem.
(Photo: NOAA/Yoshinaga)





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