State officials quickly removed the Sai-shou-maru from the beach and collected samples of potential invasive species including the fish, algae, anemones, crabs, marine worms and shellfish. These specimens are of great scientific value as scientists attempt to understand how they could have survived such a long journey and whether they pose a threat to Washington and the West Coast.
Since marine debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami can harbor non-native and potentially invasive plant and animal species, it is important the public report tsunami debris suspected items. This is easily accomplished by:
- Calling the Washington marine debris reporting hotline at 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278); and
- Emailing NOAA at DisasterDebris@noaa.gov – please include the time, date, location and, if possible, photographs of suspected tsunami debris items.
People also are encouraged to help keep beaches clean and minimize any potential invasive species threat by removing small, nonhazardous debris from beaches and properly disposing of the items.
For more information:
· Washington Marine Debris Web portal: http://marinedebris.wa.gov/
· People who want to keep abreast of new marine debris developments in Washington State can sign up for an information listserv established by the state. To sign up, go to Ecology’sListserv page and choose “marine/tsunami debris.”
· The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the best source for information about Japan tsunami marine debris including modeling, protocols to follow for handling marine debris and frequently asked questions. Go tomarinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/
· Washington Emergency Management Division: www.emd.wa.gov/index.shtml
· Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: www.wdfw.wa.gov/tsunami/
· Washington Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html
· Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission: www.parks.wa.gov/
· Washington State Invasive Species Council: www.invasivespecies.wa.gov
· Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs: www-stage.capaa.wa.gov/news
· Joint States Tsunami Debris information Web site: http://disasterdebris.wordpress.com/