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State’s marine debris hotline to be suspended at year’s end

(OLYMPIA)– The 1-855-WACOAST state hotline set up for reporting marine debris will be taken off-line at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013.  People will still be able to report hazardous marine debris – such as gas cans, cylinders and oil drums – 24 hours a day to 1-800-OILS-911.

People also are urged to continue reporting nonhazardous marine debris that’s suspected to be from the tragic 2011 Japan tsunami via email to DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.  NOAA requests people include photographs and any identifying information, when possible, as well as the specific location of the debris.”

NOAA remains the best source of information for Japan tsunami marine debris, including modeling to predict arrival of this marine debris, frequently asked questions, and other answers about tsunami debris.

The state hotline was set up by the state’s Marine Debris Task Force.  The task force created the Washington State Marine Debris Response Plan and a process to respond to large or hazardous marine debris items as well as any size-able increases in small, nonhazardous debris.