No highly invasive species found on washed-up dock

No highly invasive species found on washed-up dock
Members of the Washington tsunami debris experts team inspect a dock Friday Dec. 21, 2012 that apparently floated from Japan after last year's tsunami and just washed ashore on a Washington beach near Forks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife)

A scientist who examined the dock that has washed ashore on Washington's Olympic Peninsula says it looks just like the one that came ashore on a central Oregon beach last summer.

John Chapman, an assistant professor of fisheries at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center, said Friday the Washington dock has the same dimensions and configuration as the one near Newport, Ore.

But there was no commemorative plaque to identify where it came from.

The Oregon dock broke loose from a Japanese fishing port in 2011.

Chapman says 30 marine species were identified on the Washington dock — more than 100 were found on the Oregon dock.

He says the Washington dock was in the ocean longer, and fewer species from Japan survived.

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FORKS, Wash. (AP) - No highly invasive species of plants or animals were found in the first look at the dock that washed ashore last week near Forks.

The Ecology Department says a marine debris team that reached the dock Friday identified nearly 30 species in all.

The dock is believed to be debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan, but that has not been officially confirmed.