07 AUG 2012

FIVE USA STATES ARE GREATLY THREATENED. They are expecting a huge tsunami debris (flotsam) mass – about 40,000 tons,to arrive on the USA N.W. coast between October 2012 and Feb 2013.  Representatives from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, will attend a three-day workshop in the USA about 03 Aug 2012.  The meetings were attended by representatives of the “Japan Environmental Action Network”, a non-governmental organization (NGO) concerned with marine debris, and experts from the USA NGO “Ocean Conservancy”, as well as state coastal clean-up coordinators.

ISSUES DISCUSSED :  The extent and range of the anticipated damage caused by the flotsam, on flora and fauna of the USA coastal regions involved, as well as the logistics of removal /disposal of hazardous and large items, such as the dock from the port of Aomori that washed up in Oregon in Jun 2012, after being torn away by the Sendai Japan Mar 2011 tsunami. Nicholas Mallos of the USA Ocean Conservancy NGO, and marine debris specialist, says the debris problem is still small; so now, is the perfect time to develop a collaborative/coordinated plan.  Mallos will join the Japanese 5 “Gyres/ Algalita Marine Research Institute”. In Japan, the Kyodo news agency says the discussions will help pinpoint the needs of affected areas so that the Japanese “Ministry of Environment” can decide how to help via the Japanese environmental network. (REALLY ? THEY CAN’T EVEN HELP THEMSELVES).

Thanks to: ABC Radio Australia for their continuing story on this subject 0n 05 Aug 2012.


This is a huge story barely covered in depth by mainstream media; but then, we have learned to expect only news beneficial to Business and Industry.  It is huge because of the impact that can be anticipated to our N.W. Coastal states’ flora and fauna. Huge Kelp beds about 300’ deep, and home for many fish and mammals such as sea-lions, seals, and thousands of sea-otters that make it their permanent floating home. Smaller fish make it their reproductive grounds, and will no longer grow to roam the seas and become big fish (many of them commercial fish).  Come to think of it, Kelp (seaweed if you will) is also a much needed industrial good.

MARINE TRASH EXPERT NICHOLAS MALLOS SAYS:  “This is very much an exploratory expedition. We know a lot of debris was swept out into the ocean during the tsunami last March, but what we don’t know is what’s still afloat. What we find on this voyage will provide a snapshot of what might show up on our shores. More importantly, this will give us an unparalleled opportunity to examine how ocean trash moves and changes over time. The tsunami event provides a baseline for our research that we don’t often have: We know precisely when the tsunami debris entered the ocean environment, so what happens to it over the next several years will teach us a lot about the dynamics of marine debris… I will also be keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea turtles, sharks, marine mammals and seabirds while on the voyage. For any wildlife sightings, I’ll be documenting locations using GPS and distance from the vessel as well as noting proximity to any marine debris”. For his website see link below:

SCIENTIFIC CURIOSITY– PRIMARY DRIVE of Mallos, but what is needed is the political will and empowerment to tackle a huge problem with huge resources to prevent a catastrophe in our NW coast.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR THE JAPANESE? They probably regret the loss of the nearly 20,000 Japanese Sendai coast residents who were taken by the tsunami, and subsequent outwash, which took houses, ports, people, and all, out to sea.  In my opinion Japanese participants to the meeting are keenly interested in finding, and identifying human remains for return to Japan.  Understandable, but no help to West coast residents afflicted by the trash-berg.

RADIOACTIVE FLOTSAM ? Strange is it not? No one mentions the high probability that the debris mass is radioactive, after all it has floated in the sea for 17 months directly in the same path as the Fukushima radioactive plume ( which even now continues to spew perdition into Japan’s eastern coast and beyond). I find it very disturbing that with all the imponderables of this trash-berg headed directly for the USA, I am not aware of any reports concerning its content, radioactivity level, or any other pertinent information.  Where is the mighty USA government with all its sniffing devices?  Don’t they care, or do they, like the Japanese, prefer to keep us in the dark about threatening news.  Is it really more important to our citizens to study Mars? It may be, but those who will be affected may not agree with the priorities. If a duplicate of the “Curiosity Mars rover scientific package” exists (it may) it would be put to very good use investigating “conditions for life” on the TRASH- BERG, and its environs.

WHY NO FISHERY OR KELP INDUSTRY INVITED TO THE MEETINGS?  Perhaps because it would invite public awareness, and pose questions they would rather not try to answer.  That is not being responsible, or responsive to the USA citizenry.

Edward Oliver Gonzalez (gonzedo)

August 7, 2012 at 1:38 AM Comments (7)