Boat wreckage confirmed as tsunami debris

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A boat that was found on the shoreline of Hawaii’s Kahana Bay along Oahu's North Shore is the fourth piece of confirmed Japan tsunami debris, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The confirmation was made by the Government of Japan, with assistance from the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program.

NOAA says that as of Nov. 29, they had received approximately 1,400 official debris reports from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Click here for the full report by Hawaii News Now.

In related news, Japan recently awarded a gift of $5 million to the United States, through NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, to support efforts in response to marine debris washing ashore in the U.S. from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The funds will be used to support marine debris response efforts, such as removal of debris, disposal fees, cleanup supplies, detection and monitoring.

Click here for the full announcement by NOAA.

Mariners and the public can help report debris by emailing disasterdebris@noaa.gov.

For the latest information on tsunami debris, visit the Japan Tsunami Marine Debris website.