Tsunami debris discussed in Fort Bragg

Tsunami debris discovered on the North Coast was the topic of discussion at a meeting in Fort Bragg. Bits and pieces of debris generated by the tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 are being found by local residents and tourists. The Advocate News reports, Eben Schwartz, a marine debris program manager with the California Coastal Commission, spoke to a crowded town hall about the ocean debris and its effects. The presentation was hosted by the Noyo Marine Science Center. According to Schwartz, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that 1.5million tons of debris is spread out over the entire north Pacific, an area of about 4,000 miles. Due to strong ocean currents along California, the Mendocino coastline and areas immediately north are the only places in the state where researchers expect to see debris.