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Beach Cleaning Machines

We’re investigating the effects of beach cleaning machines in Hawaiʻi. We talk to regional and national marine debris expert, Dr. Mary Donohue, about the sources and solutions to marine debris. We take a ride on a beach cleaning machine with David Francisco. And, we talk with Nate Serota, from Honolulu Parks and Recreation, about the tools, and volunteers, that help clean our local beaches. 

We talk with coastal land use specialist, Ruby Pap, to learn about research to study the effects of machine cleaning the beach. Then, we visit Dr. Rob Toonen’s lab at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), where Katherine Viehl and Van Wishingrad explain how cutting-edge environmental DNA (eDNA) technology is being used to identify beach organisms that are hidden, elusive, or too small to see.

Watch the trailer for Season 10, Episode 2 on Vimeo, on YouTube, or on Vimeo with English Subtitles.

Watch the related episode: Marine Debris.

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(With archived researcher comments from our premiere on May 11, 2023.)

This episode is also available with English subtitles on Vimeo.

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