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polympart: The Surfrider Foundation is launching a new effort to eliminate dangerous marine pollution, including plastic traps off the coast of Hawaii and away from the seal of Hawaiian monks.

Hagfish traps are small basket-like plastic pieces that are used to catch hagfish and slime eels around the Pacific but they’re not used commercially in Hawaiʻi.

“Every hagfish trap found on a Hawaiʻi beach has traveled thousands of miles on ocean currents to get here,” said Lauren Blickley, Surfrider Foundation’s Hawaiʻi Regional Manager. “There are no local boats fishing for hagfish. All of this pollution is coming from elsewhere.”

Hagfish are are sold almost exclusively to Korean markets, the foundation says, and they’re used for food or use in eel skin products such as wallets and boots.

Lately, the foundation says the traps have been washing up on coastlines around the islands. Some are getting stuck around the snouts of monk seals.

So far, about 3,000 hagfish traps have been removed on Kauai, Maui, Lanai and the Big island.

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of work in Hawaiʻi to reduce locally sourced plastic pollution like single-use plastics. Now it’s time to shift our focus to ocean-based pollution, particularly from commercial fisheries,” Blickley added.

source: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com

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