The Monster 11-Ton Net That Threatened Hawaii’s Coast

June 8, 2015 - The oceans are filled with trash, and some of it is especially damaging to sea life. An 11-ton fishing net drifting near the northern Hawaiian Islands tore coral and trapped sea life, including green sea turtles and reef sharks. Scientists who regularly scour the waters for removable trash tried for more than a year to find this garbage behemoth. They finally located it last year but had to cut it into several pieces in order to lift it out of the water. Mark Manuel, of NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division’s Marine Debris Project, describes the complicated removal of this fishing net and 57 tons of additional dangerous trash during the NOAA-led group's 33-day mission in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Read more about NOAA efforts in battling an 11-ton fishing net found off of Hawaii's coast.

Watch divers free a green sea turtle caught in a fishing net.