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Debris in Oregon From Japan's 2011 Tsunami Contains Live Fish

By    |   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 08:04 AM

Debris believed to be from Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami continues to be found along Oregon's coast, including a fiberglass vessel in which live yellowtail jack fish common to Asia may have hitched a ride.

Oregon authorities came across the 30-foot long remains of the vessel several miles off the central Oregon coast Thursday while checking boater's for fishing licenses, reported the Washington Post.

"Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species," said a statement from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, told the Post it appeared the remains were probably once part of a 50-foot commercial fishing vessel.

"Trawlers are designed to go into deeper water, and they're designed to haul a load of fish in, so it may have been a commercial fishing boat," said Havel. "It's deeper and more substantial, but still it's not like a boat designed to go across the ocean."

The only passengers on the ship were the 20 yellowtail jack fish which were taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Post reported. Theories on how the fish got on board ranged from them being stored on the boat before the tsunami or being hatched from larvae while the boat was adrift.

"We may never know the complete answer," said Havel.

The ship's remains were being towed to Newport  for further inspection by Oregon State University researchers before being dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill, according to MyCentralOregon.com.

In February, The Oregonian reported that striped knifejaw, a native of waters off Japan, China and Korea, were found among debris that came onshore in central Oregon.

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