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Big Island beach to be featured on CNN (March 11)

The 209.6 lbs of “marine debris” loot (e.g., fishing nets, miscellaneous plastic debris and a bucketful of microplastics) during less than an hour of scouring by HWF and volunteers at Kamilo. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

The 209.6 lbs of “marine debris” loot (e.g., fishing nets, miscellaneous plastic debris and a bucketful of microplastics) during less than an hour of scouring by HWF and volunteers at Kamilo. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

MEDIA RELEASE

On March 5, Hawaii Wildlife Fund (HWF) staff and several volunteers brought a Los Angeles-based CNN news crew down to Kamilo Point to talk story about potential Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris and marine debris problems along the southeast coastline.

The story will be told by CNN news correspondent Kyung Lah.

The first part of this story airs 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, March 11 (Hawaii time) and will re-run throughout the day.

HWF will post a link on its website and Facebook page.

This story will appear as a special on the two-year anniversary of the huge tsunami that originated in the Fukushima district in Japan. HWF has picked up international debris from shorelines throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago since 1998 and realizes that marine debris is a people problem, not solely the result of a single tsunami event or country of origin.

Just while CNN was setting up shop, HWF and volunteers quickly removed more than 200 pounds of marine debris from the coastline with one hour’s effort.

A follow-up story that focuses on marine debris problems in general, NOAA’s Nets-to-Energy Program, and recycled “ocean plastic” airs in April on CNN national and international broadcasting programs.

— Find out more:
www.wildhawaii.org

CNN correspondent Kyung Lah interviews HWF’s Megan Lamson at Kamilo. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

CNN correspondent Kyung Lah interviews HWF’s Megan Lamson at Kamilo. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

HWF’s Megan Lamson, Stacey Breining and Patrick Leatherman pulling up a large derelict fishing net from the rocky nearshore of Kamilo before CNN interview. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

HWF’s Megan Lamson, Stacey Breining and Patrick Leatherman pulling up a large derelict fishing net from the rocky nearshore of Kamilo before CNN interview. (Photo courtesy of Harold Leatherman | HWF volunteer)

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