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Vic-Maui Race Observed Marine Debris Map Service, Pacific Ocean, 2012, US EPA Region 9

Metadata Updated: March 22, 2024

Location and descriptions of marine debris observed by the Sailing Vessel (S/V) Family Affair yacht during the Victoria, British Columbia to Maui, Hawaii Yacht Race in July 2012. These observations are organized according to the following map layers: Family Affairs Observations, Fleet Debris Levels, Return Vessels Special Reports, Roll Call Debris Data-Race, Special Report Debris-Race, Vessel Specific Observations, and Return Vessel Specific Levels Observations. The March, 2011 tsunami that affected northern Japan washed enormous amounts of debris out to sea. While most of this debris sank quickly out at sea, much remains on the surface and by ocean current and wind is working its way across the Pacific Ocean. In early days, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could track the debris slick by satellite, but by early 2012, the debris had become too dispersed to track. News stories have reported containers with motorcycles on Haida Gwaii, whole fishing boats in Alaska, and sections of concrete dock in Oregon. Recent reports are about the struggles of local governments to deal with cleaning up and disposing of flotsam washing up on local beaches.

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Metadata Date September 20, 2017
Metadata Created Date March 22, 2024
Metadata Updated Date March 22, 2024
Reference Date(s) July 9, 2014 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

Metadata Source

Harvested from Environmental Dataset Gateway ISO Geospatial Metadata

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 20, 2017
Metadata Created Date March 22, 2024
Metadata Updated Date March 22, 2024
Reference Date(s) July 9, 2014 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 (Publisher)
Contact Email
Guid BF94836D-6DDA-4635-8FB0-B7D97E28112C
Access Constraints
Bbox East Long -124.016667
Bbox North Lat 48.383333
Bbox South Lat 21.05
Bbox West Long -156.616667
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Harvest Object Id 27458873-5b4b-42e6-8b9c-fbcbbb0ce8ac
Harvest Source Id 9b3cd81e-5515-4bb7-ad3c-5ae44de9b4bd
Harvest Source Title Environmental Dataset Gateway ISO Geospatial Metadata
Licence None. Please check sources, scale, accuracy, currentness and other available information. Please confirm that you are using the most recent copy of both data and metadata. Acknowledgement of the EPA would be appreciated.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2014-07-10
Temporal Extent End 2014-07-10

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