PORT ANGELES, Wash. (Metro) -- October should be a very interesting month for beachcombing on Washington beaches.
Peninsuladailynews.com reports oceanographer Curt Ebbesmeyer told an audience at Peninsula College Monday night that's when the bulk of the debris from the Japanese tsunami will start washing up on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Ebbesmeyer and his colleagues believe that the leading edge of the main debris field will hit the Washington coast as ocean currents shift this fall, some of it spilling into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Ebbesmeyer told the crowd of about 80 that this is an unprecedented event, with debris expect to continue arriving over the next several years.
A debris identification workshop was held yesterday in Sequim.
A second identification workshop is scheduled for this morning at the Landing mall in Port Angeles, followed by an afternoon community planning session.
The symposium was hosted by the Clallam County Marine Resources Committee in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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