State asking fishers, boaters to report tsunami debris

Published On: Sep 21 2012 05:58:17 PM HST

The State Department of Land and Natural Resources is working with its federal partners to locate and track the floating dock last reported north of Molokai.

The department is considering all of its options for handling of the dock and working on contingency plans in coordination with other agencies, to protect marine resources and prevent its arrival in nearshore areas.

State officials are inviting fishers and boaters or pilots to contact DLNR main administrative numbers at (808) 587-0400 to report timely sightings and locations.

If it is after hours they should leave a detailed message of the location, GPS if available, description of debris, and their contact information so staff can follow up with further questions if needed.

We are working to set-up a specific number for tsunami debris but for now people can call the main line (808) 587-0400 and the information will be forwarded to the correct staff depending on the area.

"In an abundance of caution, the Coast Guard is periodically sending out a Broadcast Notice to Mariners. We would also like to remind mariners as always to remain on the lookout for debris or any other dangers while at sea," said Cmdr. Martin Smith, chief of marine environmental response for the 14th Coast Guard District.


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