NEWPORT, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and volunteers removed the marine organisms that covered the Japanese dock.
Nearly a 1,500 lbs of plant and animal material was removed from the dock and buried landwards from the site.
A hole, approximately 8 feet deep, was excavated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff and a contractor. It is located far past the reach of high tides and storm surges along Agate Beach.
Bags containing the marine organisms were emptied into the hole and the remaining space filled in.
The organisms require salt water to survive, which made this disposal method safe and reliable.
Plans for the dock disposal are now being discussed, but no further action is scheduled at the site.