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Japanese tsunami debris proves dangerous: Invasive species found

The Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2012
Publié le : 15 juin 2012
 Kim Murphy 
SEATTLE -- The 65-foot-long floating dock that washed up in central Oregon last week from last year’s tsunami in Japan was surprising enough. What proved stunning to scientists who rushed down to examine it was the cargo: About 2 tons of living sea creatures, some of which could devastate local sea life populations.

“There was a huge amount of stuff. They were very healthy, very reproductive. And included in the list of species that we could identify were some very, very bad characters that we really are afraid of having here — so yes, this really is a horrible thing,” said John Chapman of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The large concrete and Styrofoam pier, washed off the coast of northern Japan during the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, contained at least 30 species — and possibly more. Many were not native to the U.S. coast, said Chapman, an expert in aquatic biological invasions.

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