State marine debris hotline to go offline

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SEATTLE — State officials say they're suspending a hotline set up for reporting marine debris because it hasn't been getting calls.

The hotline was set up so beachgoers and others could report potentially dangerous or tsunami-related marine debris that turned up on Washington's shorelines.

Officials plan to take the hotline, 1-855-WACOAST, offline at 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

State official Terry Egan says the state hasn't had a major marine incident in nearly a year and the overall amount of debris found on beaches has also decreased.

People can still report hazardous marine debris such as gas cans and oil drums to another hotline, 1-800-OILS-911.

Those who find non-hazardous marine debris that is suspected from the 2011 Japan tsunami can email DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.