Blue Bin Definitely Japan Tsunami Debris

September 22, 2012
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The State Department of Land and Natural Resources credited quick assistance from the Consulate General  of Japan in Honolulu and the Japanese government in confirming that a large blue plastic  storage bin found floating in the ocean off Waimanalo, O’ahu, on September  18, 2012, belongs to Y.K. Suisan, Co., Ltd., whose  offices in Miyagi prefecture, Tohoku Sendai region, were affected by the  March 2011 Japan tsunami.   It is the first confirmed piece of Japan tsunami marine debris to arrive in Hawa’i.

 

“The Department of Land and Natural Resources, NOAA and all other agencies  involved in this matter extend their appreciation for the generous help  provided by the Japanese Consulate and Government,” said William J. Aila,  Jr., DLNR chairperson. “It is encouraging that our agencies and  governments are working together so cohesively in identifying potential  Japan tsunami marine debris.”

 

The 4-foot cube bin, which is used for transport of live and frozen  seafood, was spotted mid-way between Manana Island and the nearby pier by  Makai Ocean Engineering staff and retrieved by the Hawai’i Undersea  Research Laboratory.   The bin was taken by DLNR aquatic resources personnel to its research  facility on Sand Island, where samples of marine organisms were identified  as common pelagic species of gooseneck barnacle and crabs that live on  floating debris in open ocean areas. They were identified as not invasive  to Hawai’i. The bin was cleaned, and a scan of the bin by state Department  of Health technicians showed radiation readings were within normal  background levels.

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