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Invasive Species Found on Tsunami Dock

NEWPORT, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to remove organism from the Japanese dock, which washed up on Agate Beach Tuesday morning.

The 66-foot-long dock was confirmed as debris from the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami, Wednesday, and is coverd with native and exotic marine organisms. These organisms are salt water-dependent and include barnacles, muscles and marine algaes.

Some of the organisms can only be found in local waters of Japan, including an invasive marine algae, Undaria Pinnatifida. The concern is this exotic organism may be harmful to local ecosystems.

To avoid the spread of Undaria Pinnatifida and other invasive speacies on the dock, the Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to remove all organisms from the dock Thursday morning.

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