Marine debris hotline to be suspended at year’s end

Boat washed up on beach.
This 20-ft power boat washed ashore at Cape Disappointment State Park on June 15, 2012 and was confirmed missing after the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami. Photo: Washington Department of Ecology.

Washington’s coast has not had a major marine debris incident in almost a year. Overall, debris sightings decreased in 2013.

Today, the state announced it will suspend the special hotline that was set up for reporting marine debris.

As of 5 p.m. on December 31, the 1-855-WACOAST state hotline will be taken off-line.

“The hotline hasn’t been getting calls, so it makes sense to suspend it,” said Terry Egan, head of the state’s Marine Debris Task Force. “The state’s response plan was set up to conserve resources when it makes sense to do so, and that’s what we are doing here.”

Reporting marine debris
If you discover nonhazardous marine debris on Washington beaches that’s suspected to be from the tragic 2011 Japan tsunami, please contact If possible, include photographs and any identifying information, such as GPS coordinates.

You can still report hazardous marine debris—such as gas cans, cylinders and oil drums—24 hours a day to 1-800-OILS-911.

Marine debris resources
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the best source of information for marine debris:

Other marine debris resources:

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