Skiff found off Hawaii is latest tsunami marine debris

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On the heels of Hawaii's first confirmed report of Japan tsunami debris, NOAA and our partners are already examining the second confirmed item: a barnacled skiff which a fisherman found off the coast — and which he wants to keep.

Using the skiff's registration number, NOAA worked through the Japan Consulate in Hawaii to track down its owner, who expressed no interest in having it returned or in whom took possession of it.

The Zephyr, a longline fishing vessel, discovered the 20-by-6-foot skiff approximately 700 nautical miles northeast of Maui and reported it to the Coast Guard on Sept. 29. After cleaning the aquatic species from its hull, the crew took it aboard and arrived with it in Honolulu Harbor the morning of Oct. 5.

"Boaters are our eyes on the water and we need their help to be on the lookout for marine debris," said Carey Morishige, NOAA's Marine Debris Program Pacific Islands regional coordinator.

Keep up with NOAA's latest efforts surrounding the issue of Japan tsunami marine debris at http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/tsunamidebris/updates.html.

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