Workshop Descriptions & Registration

Due to planning for venues and materials, we ask that you register for the workshops and planning session ahead of time at


Tuesday, May 22nd, 9:00 AM-Noon in Sequim at the Transit Center, 190 W. Cedar St.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 9:00 AM-Noon in Port Angeles at The Landing Mall, Upstairs Conference Room, 115 E. Railroad Ave

Items swept out to the Pacific Ocean during the tragic 2011 Japanese tsunami have been washing onto the coasts of Alaska, Hawaii, the West Coast, and Canada since last fall. The amount of tsunami debris washing ashore is expected to increase and continue over the next couple of years. There has been an overwhelming volume of requests and questions from the public about the surge of marine debris and what to do with it. In this workshop led by Curt Ebbesmeyer PhD in oceanography, you will learn about identification, handling and reporting of tsunami debris. Bring your questions!


Wednesday, May 23rd, 1:30 PM- 6:00 PM in Port Angeles at The Landing Mall, Upstairs Conference Room, 115 E. Railroad Ave

No single government agency is in charge of patrolling and cleaning beaches. More than ever, there needs to be a coordinated effort when approaching marine debris. The goal of the Tsunami Debris Planning session is to bring representatives of federal, state and local agencies, conservation groups, scientists, and the community together to discuss the issue of tsunami debris response. This will provide an opportunity for citizens to share their priorities for response planning and how to implement the response.


In the Tsunami Debris Planning Session we will be planning and collaborating about how to address the following:

1.  Getting debris off the beach

2.  Where should beach cleaners take the debris?

3.  Identifying debris collection places

4.  How do we sort the debris?

5.  How do we keep a database of the debris?

6.  How do we recycle the styrofoam?

7.  How do we handle hazardous waste?

8. How to handle human remains?

9.  Radioactivity


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