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ODFW removes Japanese fishing boat from Salishan Beach

Boat suspected to be Japan tsunami debris
washed up on Gleneden beach on Feb. 5, 2013.
ODFW photo.

Justin Ainsworth, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
biologist, inspecting boat afternoon of Feb. 5, 2013
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Boat flipped and moved by high tide
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Fuel handling warning label written in Japanese
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologists Steve Rumrill and Justin Ainsworth inspected the site and collected species samples before the boat was taken to a landfill. Feb. 6, 2013
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The estimated one-ton boat was removed by Drayton Excavation under the direction of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Feb. 6, 2013.
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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologists found several different types of non-native species attached to the boat. Samples have been taken for taxonomic identification by OSU biologists Jessica Miller and John Chapman.
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The majority of organisms attached to the boat were Pelagic Gooseneck barnacles, which are an open water species endemic to Oregon coastal waters
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From Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildife

Marine debris at Gleneden Beach removed

Gleneden OR — A derelict 27′ boat that washed ashore near Gleneden Beach Feb. 5 was safely removed from ocean shore 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. The craft was removed by Drayton Excavation and taken to a local landfill. Biologists Steve Rumrill and Justin Ainsworth with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and a team of scientists from Oregon State University — Jessica Miller, John Chapman, and Gayle Hansen — inspected the debris. They noted several specimens, such as the non-native Japanese acorn barnacle (Megabalanus rosa) were attached. Scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center are evaluating the samples. It will be a month or more before other organisms on the boat are positively identified.

While debris bearing marine organisms has crossed the Pacific Ocean before, tsunami-related debris seen so far is different from the usual flotsam. Large groups of living organisms, transported on objects that provide some shelter from the elements, introduce a more significant challenge than the usual smaller volume of debris common on the west coast. Public reports and photos of beach debris sent to beach.debris@state.or.us are shared between state park and wildlife officials and help them decide which pieces of debris require further investigation.

While the boat resembles debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, the exact origin of this object has not been determined.

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