Japan Confirms Beached Dock Came From March 2011 Tsunami

In making this identification, NOAA and Washington state worked with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. Washington state and the U.S. government appreciate the expertise and assistance of the numerous agencies in the U.S. and Japan that assisted with the dock identification, including:

  • The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • The Secretariat of Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Japan
  • The Fisheries Agency of Japan
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  • The Aomori Prefectural Government

In order to minimize damage to the coastline and marine habitat, federal agencies are moving forward with plans to remove the dock. In addition to being located within a designated wilderness portion of Olympic National Park, the dock is also within NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent to the Washington Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  

NOAA has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit proposals from professional marine salvage contractors. Information can be found at:https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DOC/NOAA/WASC/AB133C-13-RP-0144/listing.html. The deadline for submitting proposals is 2 p.m./Pacific on Jan. 22, 2013.

Marine debris is an ongoing problem with everyday impacts. Anyone sighting significant marine debris that may be from the tsunami is asked to report it to [email protected]. For the latest information on tsunami debris please visit http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/ andhttp://marinedebris.wa.gov/.

For more information:

Videos of the dock are posted on Ecology’s Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecologywa/sets/72157632519730495/)  

Photos of the dock are posted on Ecology’s Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecologywa/sets/72157632473219008/)

Forks Docks Incident Website (http://marinedebris.wa.gov/incidents/ForksDock.html)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program (http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/)

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