The algae and barnacle covered partial hull was spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter crew last week. A tracking buoy was attached to monitor the drifting debris trajectory to landfall. A marine advisory was also issued.
Oregon biologists will remove samples of the marine plants and animals that have hitched a ride on the drifting vessel – to check for potentially invasive species, and to help confirm the flotsam’s origin.
The origin of the boat has not yet been determined, but a registration number was found and forwarded to federal and Japanese authorities.
Read more from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department here…
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee