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Suspected tsunami debris boat towed to Oregon port

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NEWPORT, Ore. >> A 30-foot section of a fiberglass boat believed to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has been towed to an Oregon port and is headed for the dump once scientists make sure it poses no threat of spreading invasive species.

Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says the boat was towed to Newport Harbor late Thursday night and was tied up at a marina until it can be dismantled and dumped at the landfill.

He says biologists examined the boat at sea and felt it posed little threat, despite having several fish native to the western Pacific inside. The scientists will have another look now that it is in port.

The fish, yellowtail jacks, will be delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

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