Marine scientists and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers are breathing a sigh of relief that the “Japanese Tsunami Dock” that floated ashore at Agate Beach after the big 2011 Japanese earthquake, did not successfully deposit highly invasive plants and algae onto Oregon shores. At least that’s what they’re giving themselves permission to conclude because they haven’t found any further sign of them.
A small army of biologists descended on Agate and surrounding beaches right after the tsunami dock drifted ashore in June of 2013. They scrambled over as many beaches and headlands as they could traverse, looking for any sign of invasive plants or algae, attributable to the dock. And they found 84 species native to the Far East. That sparked a massive search operation to track down any of those species that might be trying to get a foothold on the North American continent. And they gathered up quite a lot of them. Fortunately they believe they got them all or the ones they missed, perished.
Here’s more details in the Eugene Register-Guard.