Marine Debris Task Force meets Wednesday


The Washington State Marine Debris Task Force will hold the final of three community meetings in Long Beach Wednesday to answer questions about the plan for responding to marine debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Church Center, 5000 “N” Place, Seaview.

The response plan is designed to address high-impact types of debris, such as a large dock or debris containing hazardous materials such as oil, as well as a potential steady influx of small nonhazardous debris. The task force collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop the plan.

NOAA and state scientists do anticipate that marine debris will wash ashore in Washington and elsewhere along the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii intermittently and in a scattered manner in future months, with timing and location governed by local weather events.

Debris is predicted to show up on state beaches intermittently during the next several years. For more, go to http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/faqs.html.