Scientists Keep Eye on Coastline

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Marine scientists at Oregon State University are keeping an eye on the Coast for the possible spread of plant and animal life carried by debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Docks that washed ashore last summer at Newport’s Agate Beach carried a non-native species. Most were scraped off and destroyed.

The invasive species from Japan could have survived for more than a year floating across the Pacific crashing into the West Coast. Scientists say they’re trying to make sure the organisms don’t spread.