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Updated 9/21/2020

Discarded Fishing Gear & Coral Reefs

Coral wrapped with fishing line, Blowhole, Oahu

Monofilament on Coral, Blowhole, Oahu


Polypropylene line on coral, Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Monofilament on Coral, Blowhole, Oahu



Line-choked dead coral, Portlock, Oahu


Removing Fishing Line, Portlock, Oahu

Silt & fishing line, Makai Pier, Waimanalo, Oahu


Makua, Oahu, 20 feet




Blowhole, Oahu, 25 feet


Montipora capitata overgrowing line
Makai Pier, Oahu
Unfortunately fishermen are some of the worst offenders when it comes to littering.  Trash is left along roadsides and fishing sites or dumped in the ocean.  Lost tackle wraps around corals, killing them.  Tangled masses of monofilament line ensnares animals for years to come.  Biodegradable fishing line was produced for a few years but is no longer available as of mid-2020.