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Alaska group to put tsunami debris on barge for clean-up

Over four years later, debris from a devastating tsunami that hit Japan is still washing up on BC shores.

Our Alaskan neighbours to the north are staring down the same debris field.

Chris Pallister is the president and director of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, a non-profit group that removes debris from Alaska’s shorelines.

He says Japanese tsunami debris is continuing to wash ashore, with much of the lighter material already arriving.

Pallister says he’s hearing from colleagues that larger and heavier debris such as remnants of fishing boats are starting to show up.

The group starts their clean-up in May, working full-time until September.

But funding is a major problem.

For this year, the group has been given funding for a larger project.

He hopes clean-up groups in BC can take advantage of their barge, making the project much more cost-effective.

Pallister says there shouldn’t be any regulatory barriers from the American side, so it’ll be up to the Canadian clean-up crews to ensure they have the proper permits.

More information can be found at: http://www.goak.org.

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