HONOLULU — Six members of the executive committee represented Kauai’s Surfrider chapter at the annual Hawaii State Surfrider Conference earlier this month.
The event highlighted victories, challenges and new ideas and gathered together Surfrider chapters from Oahu, Maui, Kona and Hilo, as well as the University of Hawaii.
During the conference, held the first weekend in August at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, Kauai Chapter chair Carl Berg summarized the year’s accomplishments as well as future goals and campaigns.
In 2015, Blue Water Task Force volunteers collected 294 samples from 26 sites that were all tested for indicators of bacterial pollution. Beach cleanup and net patrol volunteers removed over 44,000 pounds of plastic pollution and derelict fishing gear, including nets and several pieces of Japan tsunami debris, from Kauai beaches.