Every Purchase Benefits the Ocean
We are proud that we have given and continue to give 1% of all proceeds to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project since day one of operations in 2012. This project was 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.
A Critical Area in Need
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.
A Sacred Space
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.
Working to Protect Reefs & Wildlife
Reefs & Coral
Derelict fishing nets cause large-scale damage to coral reefs, snagging and breaking apart living coral colonies. An estimated 950,000 lbs. backlog of accumulated fishing nets exists in Papahānaumokuākea.
14 million seabirds of 22 species reside in Papahānaumokuākea. Many of these birds mistake plastic rubbish for food and feed it to their chicks.
Monk Seals & Turtles
The endangered Hawaiian monk seal (only 1400 remaining) and threatened green sea turtle are commonly entangled in derelict fishing nets, and can drown or starve to death as a result.
Marine Debris Project
Marine Debris Removal
Annual large-scale marine debris missions to remove fishing nets and plastics from the reefs and shorelines.
Raising awareness of the issue of marine debris and inspiring change through education and outreach.
Working toward change
Working for creative solutions for recycling and re-utilization of the waste-stream
Photo Credits: Steven Gnam / NOAA Fisheries
Video Credits: Film was funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with Sea Salts of Hawaii