University of Hawai‘i, partners receive $5.1M to combat marine debris

Courtesy of PMDP

A Hawaiian monk seal lays on the beach wrapped in derelict fishing nets.

Courtesy of PMDP

Papahanaumokuakea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) members pull derelict fishing nets from the Pacific Ocean.

LIHUE — The University of Hawai‘i and its partners have been awarded more than $5.1 million in federal grants to address rampant marine debris issues across the Hawaiian Islands.