Net Patrol marks 15 years of cleaning beaches

  • Courtesy of Surfrider Net Patrol file

    Surfrider Net Patrol Co-chair Scott McCubbins hauls a derelict fish net in 2016.

  • Courtesy of Surfrider Net Patrol

    The Surfrider Net Patrol is hard at work on Kealia Beach last month.

  • Trygve Larsen / Special to The Garden Island file

    A backhoe is used to load a trailer during a three-day Surfrider Net Patrol cleanup near Hotel Coral Reef in Kapa‘a in December 2016.

  • Courtesy of Trygve Larsen

    Trygve Larsen and his dog Benny stand in front of Larsen’s truck at Kealia Beach in April 2019. Larsen and his wife, Helene, have volunteered for Surfrider Net Patrol since moving to Kaua‘i in 2015.

  • Trygve Larsen / Special to the Garden Island

    From left, Helene Larsen, Kristie McDougall, Rell Aslett and Val Bloy stand in front of hundreds of pounds of derelict fishing gear at a 2016 cleanup near the Hotel Coral Reef in Kapa‘a.

  • Courtesy of Surfrider Net Patrol

    Surfrider members and young beachgoers use garden loppers on a fishing net during the Net Patrol’s first-ever beach cleanup, at Nukoli‘i Beach on March 22, 2007.

LIHU‘E — One child-size snow ski. Bowling balls, boats, bed springs, Jet Skis and shipping container panels. Countless international commercial fishing nets.