Global ocean drifter deployed off Maui

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Earth Day continued on Maui, Hawaii as area high school students and teachers deployed a NOAA ocean drifter on Monday from a Trilogy Excursions vessel that departed from Lahaina Harbor.

The drifter will contribute to a global ocean drifter array that provides climate and other environmental data vital to helping track hurricanes, ocean pollutants, species migration and marine debris.

"We're extremely proud of our students. One student from each selected class won a prize in NOAA's Adopt A Drifter contest, which gives students across the country and the world the chance to learn about our environment right in their classrooms, and with the same near real time data that ocean and climate scientists use," said Lisa Davis, science facilitator for Kihei Charter School.

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