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Agencies planning next move with coastal dock

January 3rd, 2013 - 1:18am

FORKS, Wash. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Washington state's marine debris task force says scientists plan treks Thursday and Friday to a dock that washed ashore near Forks.

The dock is considered likely debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Virginia Painter of the state Parks Department said Wednesday that the first task for representatives of the state Fish and Wildlife agency and the National Park Service will be to assess and remove any possibly invasive species that have attached themselves to the dock.

The battery on a GPS beacon attached to the dock is weakening and officials hope a replacement unit arrives from Hawaii in time to be installed on Friday.

Painter says the consensus at a Wednesday meeting of agencies dealing with the dock was that the state needs to take care of any invasive species first, then the National Park Service will work out funding for removing the dock from the wilderness beach.

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