In late 2009 the crew of Trilogy were on Oahu while their boat was in dry dock. That same weekend the Surfrider Foundation was holding its first annual Hawaii State Conference in order to unite the island’s chapters.
Several crew from Trilogy attended the event & were so moved they decided they wanted to do something to help out when they got back to Maui.
Being surfers & divers the crew decided they wanted to clean 12 reefs over the next twelve months & thus started their “Blue Aina” campaign.
Each month Trilogy picks a different reef and, along with the Maui Chapter & many volunteers, they clean fishing line, mooring lines, rubbish, & nets off the reef and beach.
In March Surfrider & Trilogy
took over 40 volunteers to Mala Wharf
in Lahaina to remove fishing lines,
bottles, cans, carpet, mooring lines,
fishing nets, and even used a 100-lb. lift bag
to remove part of a sunken boat that
had been shifting in the surf & damaging
the reef. They cleaned up the outer
& inner reefs as well as the beach.
The first Blue Aina event was held the first weekend of December ’09 @ Honolua Bay where volunteers helped to remove leashes, broken surfboards, fishing line, & marine debris.
& after photos at Mala Wharf.
They heard there was a distressed reef at the surf spot called Shark Pit where a large fishing net was stuck on the reef so that became the site of their 2nd Blue Aina on the first weekend in January.
Also, during the Blue Aina events volunteers test the water for:
Ph, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, phosphates, and nitrates.
A volunteer demonstrates how to remove fishing line from one of the coral heads at the Mala Wharf area in Lahaina on Saturday, Feb. 7th.
Les Potts, one of our Chapter
Executive Committee members,
headed up the beach clean-up portion
at Mala Wharf where they removed tires,
building materials, marine debris,
bottles, & other rubbish.
Tim, our Chapter chair, pulling in more of the ocean debris @ Mala Wharf.
Special thanks to Starbucks for donating the coffee for the event. Also, to Capt. Brian Richard and the crew of the Trilogy: Jill, Nate, Knox, Nick, & Chris.
To view more pictures of the cleanup go to Surfrider Foundation- Maui Chapter on Facebook