Possible Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Discovered Off Pacifica
@ Mussel Rock in August 2014
Personnel from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), assigned as the lead to investigate the finding, performed an inspection and collected specimens including oysters, barnacles and mussels from the vessel. Its Yamaha Motor Co. tag was very helpful in tracking down similar vessels which have washed up in Oregon in 2014. For more info on those vessels, visit http://www.oregonbeachcomber.com/
2014-2015 Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Clean Up Program
Following the Pacifica Beach Coalition's successful participation in the 2013 Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanup Program, the PBC was invited again by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to lead these important cleanups in 2014-2015 along the San Mateo County coastline, specifically at two sites: Linda Mar State Beach and Mussel Rock. We're thrilled to continue to partner with the CCC to continue this important program with volunteers like YOU!
According to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an estimated 1.5 million tons of Japanese tsunami marine debris generated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 will continue to travel the Pacific Ocean on currents and land on the shores of the Northern Californian coastline. Debris is expected to arrive on Pacifica and Daly City beaches.
SIGN UP! Participation is Open to the Public. Registration requested – please complete the form below (you can sign up for more than one cleanup)
Throughout the year, volunteers are invited to join trained Pacifica Beach Coalition site captains during organized Saturday cleanups to search for and document debris that may have originated from the tsunami. Please register below.
Tsunami Debris Cleanup Dates & Locations:
You may also register directly at the sites. Please bring your own reusable gloves, grab sticks and buckets if you can, but we will have some to offer, if necessary.
For more on the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Program: http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/jtmd/jtmd.html. Read more FAQs and What You Should Do if debris is found: Tsunami Debris on California’s North Coast. Download official tsunami debris data collection card here.
Note: The debris is NOT expected to be radioactive because the nuclear power station meltdown occurred several days after the debris was generated and had already floated away from Japan on ocean currents. If the public finds debris that appears to have come from Japan, before disposing of any item, they should send photos with details of the location to firstname.lastname@example.org. At our clean ups, this will be facilitated by reporting findings to site captains, who will log the findings and photos with the California Coastal Commission and NOAA.
Made possible by the California Coastal Commission (official supporter), and the following major statewide sponsors: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Clif Bar, Crystal Geyser, Oracle Corporation and Whole Foods.