Notice of tracking devices for Japan tsunami debris

This in…be aware…

Tattori U Drifter Flier_Page_1 Tattori U Drifter Flier_Page_2Please see attached a brief notice from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.  Beach visitors are asked to keep an eye open for tracking devices released from Japan 3 months after the earthquake and tsunami and follow guidance for reporting.

Liam Antrim

Resource Protection Specialist

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

office: 360-457-6622 x16

cell: 360-460-2530

Japanese tsunami vessels arrive in B.C. waters – Vancouver Sun

More 2011 Tsunami debris arrives, it appears.

At least eight vessels suspected to be from the 2011 tsunami have now drifted into B.C. waters, everywhere from the northern tip of Haida Gwaii to Aristazabal Island and Klemtu, on the north and central coast, and to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Large amounts of debris — not even officially being tracked by the province — are also making their way to the central coast to be converted into floats by local residents. Larry Pynn reports.

The whole story is at the Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Japanese+tsunami+vessels+arrive+waters/8573189/story.html

Derelict Fishing Gear Funding Received – NW Straits Foundation News

The Northwest Straits Foundation received $660,000 to finish the job of removing derelict fishing nets from shallow subtidal waters of Puget Sound. The Foundation estimates there are 500 shallow water derelict nets left to remove. The Foundation is aiming to complete the work by December 31, 2013. Funding comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This funding will be combined with current and pledged funding from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, NOAA Marine Debris Program, ConocoPhillips Migratory Bird Fund, US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Lucky Seven Foundation, Tulalip Tribes and private donations.

The new funding also pays for a new response and retrieval program designed to prevent future re-accumulations of derelict nets by responding to reports of newly lost nets immediately. The Foundation will be developing this new program in close coordination with the Puget Sound fisheries co-managers.

Tsunami Debris -20’ Fishing Vessel washes ashore at Ilwaco- OPB News

Oregon state officials are spending the weekend cleaning and inspecting a 20-foot fishing boat that washed ashore near Ilwaco on Friday.

Curt Hart with Washington’s Department of Ecology says the boat is being treated as tsunami debris, pending a positive ID from the Japanese consulate. He says Fish and Wildlife workers have taken the boat close to the entrance of Cape Disappointment State Park, and have been removing and bagging as many sea animals as they can find.

 

http://news.opb.org/article/fishing-boat-treated-tsunami-debris/

Debris possibly from Japanese tsunami floating up Strait of Juan de Fuca–PDN

It is worth noting that there was a nuclear power meltdown during this, and that anything coming from there could be radioactive. It would certainly argue for caution in touching anything found. –Ed

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By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

DUNGENESS — Debris apparently from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami is now riding the tides up the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The biggest collection of fishing floats — many bearing Asian writing and logos — has been found on Dungeness Spit, which juts into the Strait north of Sequim, said Dave Falzetti, refuge officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees the lengthy spit.
“We’ve never seen anything like these before,” he said.

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20120515/news/305159993/debris-possibly-from-japanese-tsunami-floating-up-strait-of-juan-de

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