The Washington Marine Debris Task Force released its initial plan for responding to various types of debris that may cross the Pacific Ocean and reach our shores from the Japan tsunami.
The task force is in the process of scheduling community meetings in Ocean Shores, Long Beach, and Port Angeles. Dates and times will be announced when the meetings are set.
Gov. Chris Gregoire established the task force to coordinate state, federal and local activities to monitor and respond appropriately to marine debris along the coast.
NOAA predicts debris will show up on Washington’s shores intermittently during the next several years, although it is unknown exactly what, how much and when.
Washington saw a spike in amounts of marine debris on its coastal beaches in June but the quantity washing ashore since decreased significantly in the months following.
Anyone who encounters debris should not touch or attempt to move it. Instead people should immediately call 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278).