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Marine Debris and Boaters

Semi-submerged debris may pose a risk

The Japanese tsunami debris comes in all shapes and sizes and the debris that survived the 5,000 mile trip across the Pacific may be partially submerged and contaminated with invasive species.

The Marine Board urges boaters to stay away from large debris on the water and even consolidated masses of small to medium sized debris.  Some debris may be fully or partially submerged and can easily cause vessel damage.  Smaller debris can clog intakes and disable vessels.    

Also, do not attempt to cross any of the coastal bars into the ocean if you are inexperienced or do not have the vessel properly equipped. Smaller craft are more unstable and susceptible to capsizing.  Only experienced boat operators should attempt to cross any coastal bars.

Boaters need to keep a sharp lookout when at sea.

Check out this video sent to Senator Betsy Johnson (District 16) from boaters on the Columbia River:

River Marine Debris -Video from July 24, 2012 

 Marine Debris has arrived on the Columbia River...





  If you see any hazards to navigation when on the water:

PRIMARY_211INFO_LOGO_NOTAG.gif1. Call 211 -the operator will take your report and notify the proper authorities.  Be prepared to provide the time, description of your boat, location (GPS coordinates), and description of the debris.

2. If it is just small trash you can safely retrieve (such as plastic, cans and so on), collect it if safe to do so and dispose of it at the boat ramp garbage container.

3. If it’s a large amount of small debris, report it to the local state park staff or law enforcement, or call 1-888-953-7677, or send an email with the exact location, description and photo (if possible) to beach.debris@state.or.us.

4. If the debris is a big oil drum, gas can, propane tank (or other kind of chemical storage tank), boat or something potentially hazardous, call 211.


                        Do not attempt to move or remove large debris or vessels. 

Contact Information
Debris Type
Coast Guard Pacific Area Command
Hazards to Navigation/obstructions
State Park Staff/Law Enforcement
1-888-953-7677 or
For large amounts of small debris
National Response Center
Hazardous material/containers with oil, gas, propane, etc.

#211 for information and to report issues related to marine debris



All marine debris​


Resources from Oregon State Parks

 FAQ BROCHURE -How you can help

Agate Beach Dock from the Japanese Tsunami -Timelines and Actions to Date


How You Can Help Keep Our Beaches Clean


 What You Can Do to Protect Oregon's Beaches

Oregon's First Lady Cylvia Hayes encourages Oregonians to participate in beach cleanups and report marine debris.  Find out where to help:
Marine Debris Tracker -See what's been documented and how to help (mobile app)!