Study seeks origins of ghost nets that haunt Hawaii’s shores

  • Brian Fujimoto, a sales executive for NET Systems Inc., poses in front of a fishing net his company manufactured in Bainbridge Island, Washington on May 20. Researchers in Hawaii are trying to find the source of ghost fishing nets that wash ashore in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

  • Drew McWhirter, a graduate student at Hawaii Pacific University's Center for Marine Debris Research, pulls apart a massive entanglement of ghost nets on May 12 in Kaneohe, Oahu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

  • Jennifer Lynch, a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the co-director of Hawaii Pacific University's Center for Marine Debris Research, catalogs pieces of ghost nets on May 12 in Kaneohe, Oahu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

HONOLULU — “Ghost nets” from unknown origins drift among the Pacific’s currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill.