Marine Debris Diver: We Hauled 14 Metric Tons of Derelict Nets off Maro Reef

Two Marine Debris Program staffers are participating in NOAA’s annual mission to remove derelict nets and other marine debris from sensitive coral reefs and shorelines in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. An estimated 52 tons of derelict fishing gear washes up in the Monument each year, threatening the pristine ecosystem. Follow their journey. Naomi is a guest blogger and marine debris diver on the mission.

Under the National Parks: The Channel Islands

Under the National Parks: The Channel Islands With all the amazing dive destinations lurking on the edge of the globe and our imaginations, it can be hard to believe that even our own backyards can be an underwater photographer’s paradise. In 2011, I spent the summer with the US National Park Service’s Submerged Resources Center (SRC) as part of an internship through the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS).