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Tsunami Debris Collection – Pilot Project

We need your help with a special project to address tsunami debris and other marine debris.

We are looking for beach accesses where we can post an informational sign about tsunami debris and a dispenser for debris collection bags. We are specifically looking for locations that are not in State Parks.

dispenserOur goal is to encourage as many beach goers as possible to help year-round in the effort to remove the extra debris that will be washing ashore as a result of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

The kind of help we need:

  • Ideas or information about suitable locations with a beach access–neighborhoods, communities, or environmentally active tourist facilities (hotels, private campgrounds, etc., which could get some good press coverage by cooperating with this effort).
  • Several volunteers, or a local club, in each location to ‘Adopt a station.’ Duties would include restocking the bag dispenser and communicating with entities to arrange debris pick up or report troubles.

If interested please contact:

Laura Neary,
Surfrider Foundation and CoastWatch
Newport, Oregon

What did you find?

One rubber chicken, 117 mattresses, 4,159 candles, and 689,274 utensils. What do all of these things have in common?

They’re all marine debris collected last September at the Ocean Conservancy’s 2012 International Coastal Cleanup®, sponsored in part by the NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Read the whole post at NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog


Boat Washes Ashore Near Gleneden Beach

“A boat discovered washed ashore Tuesday morning in the dunes off of Salishan appears to have all the markings of tsunami debris from Japan, scientists say.”


Read this story at OregonLive