Japanese Dock Loaded With Japanese Species

Posted by on January 19, 2013 in Blog, Coastal Debris | 0 comments

Some more scary information about the Japanese dock washed ashore on Washington’s Olympic coast, this coming from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration: 

Initial results from laboratory testing have identified 30-50 plant and animal species on the dock that are native to Japan but not the United States, including species of algae, seaweed, mussels, and barnacles.


In addition to scraping more than 400 pounds of organic material from the dock, the team washed its heavy side bumpers and the entire exterior structure with a diluted bleach solution to further decontaminate it, a method approved by the National Park Service and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.



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