Tracking the sources and sinks of local marine debris in Hawai'i.

  title={Tracking the sources and sinks of local marine debris in Hawai'i.},
  author={Henry S. Carson and Megan R. Lamson and Davis Nakashima and Derek Toloumu and Jan Hafner and Nikolai Maximenko and Karla J. McDermid},
  journal={Marine environmental research},
Plastic pollution has biological, chemical, and physical effects on marine environments and economic effects on coastal communities. These effects are acute on southeastern Hawai'i Island, where volunteers remove 16 metric tons of debris annually from a 15 km coastline. Although the majority is foreign-origin, a portion is locally-generated. We used floating debris-retention booms in two urban waterways to measure the input of debris from Hilo, the island's largest community, and released… CONTINUE READING
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