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November 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Public meeting coming up next month to discuss dealing with debris from Japan tsunami

The Washington State Marine Debris Task Force is hosting a public meeting 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 “N” Place in Seaview to discuss the state’s plan to respond about marine debris from the Japan tsunami in 2011.

A portion of the 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris that dispersed in the Pacific Ocean has been arriving along local shorelines and is expected to do so over the next few years, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The heading to the coast this winter to harvest razor clams or simply visiting are asked to keep an eye out for such items washing ashore.

For more information, go to the state Department of Ecology website and choose “marine/tsunami debris.”

Also call the toll-free line at 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278).

NOAA encourages beachgoers and boaters, if possible, to take photos of marine debris suspected to be from the Japanese tsunami, to note the location, and to email the information to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.

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