Source: Trade Only Today 
July 19, 2012
"NOAA said it has collected nearly 50 metric tons of marine debris, which threatens monk seals, sea turtles and other marine life in the coral reef ecosystem in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
The NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette arrived back in its home port of Honolulu on Saturday after a month in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
The team of 17 scientists collected nearly 50 metric tons of discarded fishing gear. NOAA has conducted annual removal missions of marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands since 1996 as part of a coral restoration effort."
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