Scientists survey coast for debris

Associated PressJuly 28, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Government scientists have resumed their survey of Alaska's coastline for marine debris.

Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the team set out from Yakutat for the second leg of the debris survey July 16.

She says the team surveyed the Yakutat region, from Cape Fairweather to Icy Cape, last week. She says the next leg is scheduled to begin next week in the Cordova area, and will include Kayak and Montague islands.

Last month, a five-member team completed a 10-day trip beginning in Ketchikan and ending in Juneau. It was billed as the first NOAA survey in Alaska specifically for debris from last year's tsunami in Japan.

NOAA typically does marine debris surveys every five to 10 years. The last was in 2008.

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