DLNR Examining Options of Removal of Strange Container From Big Island Shores

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is examining its options for removal of a large circular yellow metal container measuring approximately 10 feet high and 20 feet in diameter which washed ashore on the lava shore four miles south of Na’alehu in Ka’u district, south Hawai’i. A report was made to the department on October 4, from a caller who said he had seen it at Waikapuna on September 27. Hikers had also discovered the object on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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A DLNR Big Island staff member was able to locate the object on Friday at the end of a fishing trail on
private land.  There were no signs of any identification marks so its origin at this time is unknown. There
were also no signs of marine life growing on the container, which appeared clean except for minimal algal
growth.

DLNR has asked various local maritime agencies for assistance to identify this type of large object.  NOAA is also checking its database of reported tsunami debris objects.

HOW TO REPORT POSSIBLE JAPAN TSUNAMI MARINE DEBRIS:

The public may report possible findings of possible Japan tsunami marine debris to the Department of Land and Natural Resources at dlnr@hawaii.gov, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at disasterdebris@noaa.gov. Both agencies are asking for photos, date, detailed description of the item and if there are any living organisms other than gooseneck barnacles, location and finder’s contact information. Reports may be made by phone to DLNR at (808) 587-0400.

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