GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. – Experts believe a 30-foot fishing boat that washed up along the Oregon Coast Tuesday came all the way from Japan, pushed across the ocean by the 2011 tsunami.
Biologists Steve Rumrill and Justin Ainsworth, with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, inspected the boat on Gleneden Beach. They said the hull was covered with barnacles from the open ocean and Japan.
“One individual of the Japanese acorn barnacle was seen,” Rumrill said. “It [the boat] had an unusual design, which appeared to be for some type of commercial fishing or aquaculture activity.”
The fiberglass hull also had a large YAMAHA sticker and a sign written in Japanese.
Officials said they do not believe the debris posed any sort of HazMat risk associated with invasive species.
Tuesday night, the high tide picked up the the boat and the surf broke it apart, then moved it about 150 yards down the beach. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is developing a plan to remove what remains of the vessel from the area as soon as possible.
(KGW reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report.)