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Marine Debris Program Participates in “Get Into Your Sanctuary” Event

AUGUST 10, 2020 — On July 31, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s (MDP) Pacific Island Regional Coordinator, Mark Manuel, participated in the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) “Get into Your Sanctuary” celebration to raise awareness about the value of our national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation and stewardship. 

Poster for Marine Sanctuary event.
Mark Manuel, Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator, participated in a “Get Into Your Sanctuary” digital event focused on the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Image credit: NOAA.

From July 31 to August 2, ONMS provided a unique opportunity to experience all of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are, through 24 virtual opportunities.

Mark participated in the virtual one-hour event exploring the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (monument) that highlighted the impacts of marine debris on this ecologically and culturally significant place, as well as efforts to combat these threats. Massive amounts of marine debris float into the monument every year, including an estimated 52 metric tons of derelict fishing gear from commercial fisheries all over the Pacific. 

Removing marine debris reduces the potential for damage to the unique native ecosystem of the monument and reduces entanglement threats for wildlife that depend on the vast coral reef ecosystem. The MDP has been involved in removal efforts in the monument since the program’s establishment in 2006. Prior to joining the MDP, Mark served as the Operations Manager for several marine debris removal missions in the monument. 

To watch a replay of all the great sanctuary videos, visit the ONMS Facebook page and visit the MDP website to learn more about the monument and NOAA lead removal efforts

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Last updated Sunday, August 16, 2020 12:06pm PDT