Agencies plan next move with dock on Wash. coast

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2013 at 10:38 pm •  Published: January 2, 2013
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The consensus at a Wednesday meeting of agencies dealing with the dock was that the state needs to take care of any invasive species first, then the National Park Service will work out funding for removing the dock from the beach, Painter said.

There are some Japanese marking on the dock, but they are not conclusive, so more photos have been sent to Japanese officials.

A scientist who examined the dock says it looks just like the one that came ashore on a central Oregon beach last summer, suggesting it, too, is tsunami debris.

John Chapman, an assistant professor of fisheries at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, said recently that the Washington dock has the same dimensions and configuration as the one found near Newport, Ore. The Oregon dock broke loose from a Japanese fishing port in 2011.

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