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More Japanese Tsunami Debris coming ashore along the Oregon Coast

Dr. John Chapman HMSC - Marine Biologist Near Jump Off Joe Thursday

Dr. John Chapman
HMSC – Marine Biologist
Near Jump Off Joe Thursday

Dr. Chapman scraping 4 x 6 type building support for sea plants and critters

Dr. Chapman scraping 4 x 6 type building support for sea plants and critters

Dr. Chapman:  "Definitely from Japan."

Dr. Chapman: “Very likely from Japan.”

Wood worm boring allows critters to survive the long journey across the Pacific

Wood worm boring allows critters to survive the long journey across the Pacific

Dr. Chapman scraping a fishing float for sea life

Dr. Chapman scraping a fishing float for sea life

Dr. Chapman says this is Japanese sea weed.

Dr. Chapman says this is Japanese sea weed.

Invasive species are likely spread out across Oregon Beaches.  Long term impacts nearly  impossible to predict.

More invasive species are likely to be deposited along Oregon Beaches. Long term impacts hard to predict.

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A Newport woman walking with her dog on the beach Thursday morning just north of Jump Off Joe came across a wood building support loaded with sea life and crawly things, some quite small. A fishing float and other debris nearby with Japanese writing on it piqued her curiosity and within the hour Invasive Species expert Dr. John Chapman of Hatfield Marine Science Center was on the beach gathering samples riding atop and within a number of objects on the beach that had just come ashore.

Dr. Chapman said some of the species were likely from Japan. He said he found red, green and brown algae, byozoans, hydroids, wood boring clams and crustaceans. Also bright green algae that is likely from Japan.

Dr. Chapman said there is a big research push on to build an analytical framework to map out how species from one part of the Pacific makes it to the shores of another part of the Pacific. He said it’s especially interesting in this day and age because of the huge number of docks, boats and other urban development that has sprung up along the Japanese Coast, pieces of which, in the event of a tsunami,could provide rides for native species around the Pacific to expand their range.

Dr. Chapman says anyone spotting such debris along Oregon’s beaches and estuaries should immediately report them to 211 and be prepared to give an accurate description of exactly where they found the debris.

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