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Expedition studies debris along coastline

June 12, 2013

As debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has continued to show up on Washington beaches for over a year, a new expedition looks to study this debris.

On Friday, a ship left Seward, Alaska and was scheduled to travel along the coast. Along the way, the crew will stop to study the effects of this debris on marine ecosystems and the shoreline communities.

Ocean Conservancy’s Jim Wintering told KXRO that the expedition has collected a wide array of plastics found along the beaches, some with visible Japanese writing that may be from the tsunami. The ship and its crew are scheduled to return to their home port at the end of this week.


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