By: Dianna Parker, Communications Specialist, NOAA Marine Debris Program
A team from federal and state agencies, including NOAA, ventured out today during a period of calm weather to re-inspect a 65-foot dock that washed ashore last month on a remote coastline in Washington State. It is one of several docks that were swept away from a fishing port in Misawa, Japan during the March 2011 tsunami.
Here’s what they saw:
In December, crews visited the dock to inspect it for invasive species and attach tracking buoys, in case it re-floats with high tides. According to the Washington Department of Ecology’s incident website, “initial lab results have identified 30-50 plant and animal species on the dock that are not found in the United States but are native to Japan. These include types of marine species such as algae, seaweed, mussels and barnacle.”
For additional photos and video of the dock, visit Washington Ecology’s Flickr page.