'We're going to be dealing with this for years to come'

'We're going to be dealing with this for years to come'

NEWPORT, Ore. - With waves of tsunami debris appearing on the Oregon coast, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., met with fishermen and federal officials on Saturday to try to avert a potential disaster at sea.

Earlier this month, a huge dock washed ashore at Agate Beach near Newport and since then, other potential tsunami debris has made its way to beaches in Warrenton, Tillamook and Long Beach, Washington, among other areas.

Wyden and Schrader are concerned about the possible danger that debris floating out in the ocean could have for local fishermen and those who work the waters off Oregon's coast.

So they met with fishermen, Coast Guard officials and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Saturday to talk about the best way to monitor that debris.

"We're going to be dealing with this for years to come," said Schrader. "That's the way the ocean currents work. The stuff's just going to cycle around and around out there."

As far as the dock is concerned, a contractor is in place to begin breaking it up and removing it from the beach. That should happen sometime in mid-July.