Confirmed Japan tsunami marine debris in Washington
Some items found on Washington beaches have been confirmed to be Japan tsunami debris:
An array of other items including small beams and other structural timbers, a wooden statue, industrial pipes and beams, boat pieces and large pieces of fiberglass that seem to be parts of boats or other vessels also have washed up. However, with no unique identification, it has not been possible to confirm with certainty the origin of such items.
- A small boat Jan. 14, 2014 in Westport (photos).
- A volleyball found June 1, 2013 at Long Beach.
- A small skiff found in May, 2013 on the Makah Nation Indian Reservation on the Olympic Peninsula.
- A 20-foot fishing vessel that landed near Long Beach in Pacific County with five live non-native fish inside a hold on March 22, 2013. The fish were treated as invasive species and one animal is being kept in quarantine at an Oregon aquarium
- A cylinder found Feb. 23, 2013 at Leadbetter Point (Long Beach, Pacific County).
- A 65-foot-long dock from the Japanese Port of Misawa that washed ashore inside the Olympic National Park on Dec. 18, 2012. The dock was cut up and removed in March 2013.
- A soccer ball with “Otsuchi Soccer Club” handwritten on it found in Olympic National Park in summer 2012. Otsuchi is a Japanese coastal town.
- A commercial plastic fish tote found in summer 2012 in the Olympic National Park.
- A 20-foot fiberglass boat that washed up at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco on June 15, 2012. The boat was disposed of at a local sanitary landfill.
>> See photos and video of marine debris on Washington beaches on our Flickr collection.
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