The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation released a short film on the harmful effects of marine debris on our ocean and wildlife, centered on clean-up efforts in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.
The film uses gorgeous underwater and seascape photography to convey the meaning of the ocean to Native Hawaiian culture. It documents a joint clean-up project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in Papahānaumokuākea. Since 1996, the team has removed more than 2 million pounds of marine debris, which continues to accumulate at an estimated rate of 52 metric tons per year in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Marine debris includes derelict fishing gear, non-biodegradable household waste, plastics and other debris.
The video, by filmmaker Steven Gnam, features music from Jack Johnson, the American singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, documentary filmmaker and former surfer. Johnson is active in environmentalism and sustainability, often with a focus on the ocean. Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and lives there now.