This year, according to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), significant amounts of Japanese tsunami marine debris generated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 has been travelling the Pacific Ocean on currents, and is expected to arrive on Pacifica and Daly City beaches. An estimated 1.5 million tons of debris is en route to the California coastline, with particular density expected to reach land on the Northern California coastline within the next two years.
Participation is Open to the Public.
Registration is requested – please complete the form below (you can sign up for more than one cleanup)
Commencing February 2013 and continuing throughout the year, volunteers are invited to join trained Pacifica Beach Coalition site captains during organized cleanups to search for and document debris that may have originated from the tsunami. Participation is open to the public.
The 2013 Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) Cleanup Project is 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.
Cleanup dates and locations:
We also welcome volunteers to register with us directly at the sites. Please try to 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
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.