On the ocean on World Oceans Day
Bear Edwards joins one of the Pacific Whale Foundation World Oceans Day events last Saturday. Edwards joined the free Eco-Adventures cruise from Maalaea to Olowalu, which included a hands-on plankton-tow activity, snorkel reef clean and sea-surface microplastic sampling. Beach cleanups were held at Kahului Harbor, Paia Bay and Kamaole III Beach Park. A total of 1,056 pounds of debris was collected throughout the day by 168 volunteers. Of the debris, 64 percent was plastic. Other events included a movie night at Paia Bay Coffee & Bar, a Front Street Treasure Hunt, a “Pollution Solutions” art contest for keiki and a Party for the Ocean at Maui Brewing Co. World Oceans Day is an annual celebration of the ocean with a focus on its importance and protection.
SECOND PHOTO: Adam Gant and Alicia Wood join the Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures cruise from Maalaea to Olowalu last Saturday. A total of 68 people aboard the tour collected 36, 16-ounce containers of surface water from Olowalu. The foundation’s research team found 246 pieces of microplastics and 165 microfibers, which equates to 0.43 microplastics per ounce of seawater and 0.29 microfibers per ounce.
Pacific Whale Foundation photos