Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawai‘i atolls

  • Matthew Chauvin, Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project via AP — NOAA/NMFS Permit No. 22677

    A juvenile Hawaiian monk seal rests on top of a pile of ghost nets on the windward shores of Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands earlier this month.

  • Andy Carre, Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project via AP

    Workers with the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project lay atop fishing nets and plastics collected from the the beaches of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands before offloading the marine debris in Honolulu earlier this month.

  • James Morioka, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research/NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center via AP

    Kevin O’Brien, left, and Joao Garriques disentangle a black-footed albatross chick on Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands earlier this month.

HONOLULU — A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago this week with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other animals on the uninhabited beaches stretching more than 1,300 miles north of Honolulu.

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