More than 2,000 pounds of abandoned fishing gear removed from Kauai’s coast: Kauai Now

More than 2,000 pounds of abandoned fishing gear removed from Kauai’s coast: Kauai Now

More than 2,000 pounds of fishing net was removed by Surfrider Kaua’i off Po’ipū waters. Photo courtesy: Surfrider Kaua’i Facebook

Over the course of three days, 30 volunteers helped remove more than 2,000 pounds of abandoned fishing gear from the Poipu coast, and moved three truckloads of marine debris.

The nets first washed up on the cliffs of Po’ipū Palms on January 29 where they floated in the ocean for two weeks attached to rocks. Eventually, the debris broke free and was washed onto the rocks, where volunteers were able to cut it up and move it out of the area.

Surfrider volunteer Barbara Vidner said they received 20 calls about the net on the nonprofit’s Net Patrol hotline. The group initially tried to approach the wreck by boat but the waves were too dangerous and they were unable to approach it.

Volunteers began working to remove the nets from the area on February 14. Surfrider volunteer Lynn Bowen said they used steak knives and saws to cut her up while she was suspended around a giant rock stuck in sharp lava.

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“There were various other plastic things mixed together like dreadlocks and not coming apart,” Bowen said of the wreckage.

The net that was cut was lifted with a crane so that it would not float back into the ocean.

While volunteers worked to free the nets from the rocks, turtles would come and feed on the seaweed in the area, including what grew on the wreckage itself.

Groups of dolphins are seen every day while volunteers work.

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“There were times when the waves would come in and hit the people working on the net,” Bowen said.

Fortunately, no marine life was found in the net.

One of the rowers also helped extract some small pieces of nets floating in the water.

“Mahalo to everyone who called out to others for help when he was in the water and we couldn’t handle him,” the Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i chapter said in a Facebook post.

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Aside from the Surfrider Foundation, the Division of Water Resources along with the Department of Land and Natural Resources along with non-profit groups Mālama i Nā Honu, Ho’omalu Ke Kai and Kau’i Ocean Awareness helped achieve the goal.

The landscaping crew and manager at Makahuena Condos also helped.

To report a net at the beach, call Bowen at 808-635-2593 or (email protected). Tipsters can also call 833-4-DA-NETS.

(Tags for translation)Barbara Wiedner

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