By: the NOAA Marine Debris Program
March 9, 2012
The NOAA Marine Debris Program expresses its deepest sympathies for Japan this weekend, as we mark one year since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the nation.
Our attention these many months has been focused on debris from the disaster and the possibility that it will reach U.S. and Canada coasts over the next few years. The interest in this issue has been incredible, and the list of partners who join the effort to assess and respond to the debris grows larger every day. While our attention has been on the potential impacts of the debris, we have not forgotten the true tragedy of this event, which is the loss of thousands of lives.
Many questions remain, but we will continue to work with the Government of Japan, other U.S. federal, state, and local agencies, and non-profits to answer them, as well as protect our coasts and resources.
You can keep up with the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s tsunami debris activities and information on our website.