1% for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
We are proud to give 1% of all our proceeds to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project, created to protect the sensitive wildlife and critical habitats of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from the threats of marine debris and towards maintenance of its many significant Hawaiian cultural sites.
About Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world and was inscribed as a mixed (natural and cultural) World Heritage Site. It covers an area of 582,578 square miles.
The extensive coral reefs found in Papahānaumokuākea - truly the rainforests of the sea - are home to over 7,000 marine species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, as well as the 14 million seabirds representing 22 species that breed and nest there. Land areas also provide a home for four species of bird found nowhere else in the world, including the world's most endangered duck, the Laysan duck.
The Problem of Marine Debris
The major challenge to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument’ ecosystems is pollution through the washing up of marine debris. Even though no commercial or recreational fishing is permitted in Papahānaumokuākea’s waters, fishing nets and gear, plastics and other water-borne debris are transported there by ocean currents and wash up on its reefs and beaches.
Entanglement in marine debris is a major threat to the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, sea turtles, cetaceans and coral reef organisms.
Birds are also being harmed by debris. Smaller fragments or pieces of plastic marine debris are ingested by adult when they feed at sea. These objects are subsequently fed to chicks and often resulting in the death of young albatrosses shearwaters, and other seabirds.
From our first day of business, Sea Salts of Hawaii is proud to have supported the multi-agency efforts of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the State of Hawaii, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have removed 900 tons of marine debris from the Monument in the last ten years.
Papahānaumokuākea’s globally significant natural attributes incorporate its living, indigenous, cultural connections to the sea––where modern Hawaiian wayfinders (non-instrument navigators) still voyage for navigational training on traditional double-hulled sailing canoes.
Papahānaumokuākea is of great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians with significant cultural sites found on the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana, both of which are on the National and State Register for Historic Places. Mokumanamana has the highest density of sacred sites in the Hawaiian Archipelago and has spiritual significance in Hawaiian cosmology. The Monument Vision is to forever protect and perpetuate ecosystem health and diversity and Native Hawaiian cultural significance of Papahānaumokuākea.