Japanese Tsunami Dock to be Dismantled

AGATE BEACH, Ore. — The Japanese dock that washed ashore at Agate Beach will be dismantled.

The winning bid goes to Ballard Diving and Salvage out of Vancouver, Washington.

The dock will be removed in pieces costing the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department about $84,00.

The department opted to dismantle the dock rather than keep in intact.

Marine biology experts say the dock posed a high risk of introducing potentially invasive species, despite the fact that a lot of them have already been removed.

The port also indicated it didn’t have room for the structure.

We asked visitors what they thought about the decision.

“It’s an unfortunate circumstance that’s going to cost money but, I think, what else are you going to so, these things happen and you can’t do much else about it,” explains John Brandt who was visiting from North Dakota.

“I would leave it here, it seems to attract a lot of people, we came all the way from Pennsylvania and now we’re here looking at it so,” adds Devon Landis.

Portions of the dock will be retained for use in a local memorial that will be built in Newport.

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