From Shore To the Abyss: Exploration of Shark Communities and Microplastic Pollution in the Main Hawaiian Islands
In our second leg of the From Shore to the Abyss program, OET and National Geographic Society are exploring the waters of Maui and Hawaiʻi island while studying sharks and plastics and investigating the intersection of humans and the ocean environment to inform policy and management of this ecosystem. The shark team will quantify shark and ray diversity and relative abundance around Maui and the island of Hawai’i using culturally informed low-impact and non-invasive research techniques. The plastics team will conduct a robust microplastic sampling program and create a map of microplastic and anthropogenic microfiber pollution found in the surface waters and air surrounding the islands.
The From Shore to the Abyss Program expands Ocean Exploration Trust’s ocean exploration program from the deep sea into coastal coral ecosystems lending our ship and team’s research experience to contribute to new discoveries focused on the conservation of reefs and the generation of new knowledge that can apply to global ocean conservation, education, and ocean exploration. Launching in 2022 partnered with the National Geographic Society, these research projects bring together some of the Society’s most valued supporters and National Geographic Explorers—leading scientists, conservationists, educators, and storytellers.
This expedition is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.