KIRC grant for harmful marine debris removal

The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, through the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, has received $100,530 from a federal grant program to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program announced that the DLNR, to which KIRC is administratively attached, got a portion of nearly $1 million in grant money.

The grant will enable KIRC to lead five volunteer trips to Kahoolawe with a goal of removing 10 tons of marine debris from the shoreline. Over the 18-month project period, KIRC will be conducting public outreach events to help inform the community of the negative effects caused by marine debris and derelict fishing gear on the marine environment, a KIRC news release about the grant said.

For information on how to volunteer for the program, go to the website

For a complete list of grant recipients, go to

KIRC was established by the state Legislature in 1993 to manage the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve while the island is held in trust for a future Native Hawaiian sovereign entity.