Tsunami Debris

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Picture taken during a 2011 cleanup in China Poot Bay   

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is proud to be a statewide leader in marine debris prevention education and community cleanups through our CoastWalk program, which began in 1984.  As debris from the tsunami in Japan makes its way to our shores we will be providing information to the public and taking part in monitoring and clean up efforts helping our statewide and national partners track debris.

The first confirmed sightings of Tsunami debris occurred this spring, and we expect to see more over the coming months. Items that float high in the water, such as buoys, have been the first to arrive. CACS will be expanding our monitoring and cleanup efforts to include more beaches and more frequent CoastWalks - beginning with monitoring beaches in June.  We will be able to compare the incoming data to the past 28 years of CoastWalk data we have collected. This will help us determing if the type or amount of debris is changing.  In addition to the community cleanups, we will also be conducting multiple large scale remote cleanups with our partners in the state including Gulf of Alaska Keeper and the Island Trails Network. The first of those cleanups will happen in late May on Montague Island and results will be posted in June. For more information, please contact Patrick Chandler at 907-235-6741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Picture taken on Montague Island April 2012 by Chris Pallister

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