State marine debris hotline going offline at the end of the year

SEATTLE (AP) – State officials say they’re suspending a hotline set up for reporting marine debris because it hasn’t been getting calls.

The hotline was set up so beach-goers and others could report potentially dangerous or tsunami-related marine debris that turned up on Washington’s shorelines.

Officials plan to take the hotline 1-855-WACOAST offline at 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

State official Terry Egan says the state hasn’t had a major marine incident in nearly a year and the overall amount of debris found on beaches has also decreased.

People can still report hazardous marine debris such as gas cans and oil drums to another hotline, 1-800-OILS-911.

Those who find non-hazardous marine debris that is suspected from the 2011 Japan tsunami can email [email protected]