Recently a Japanese fishing vessel thought to have been lost in the tsunami one year ago has been spotted of the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Hails to the ship indicated that there is no one on board. While it certainly is amazing that a ship could stay afloat on the high seas for one year with no crew, this ghost ship turning up on the shores of Canada bespeaks of a greater problem, that of the debris from the tsunami reaching our shores.
Some reports estimate that this ghost ship could be the first of some 1.5 million tons of debris to reach the shores of North America. This is certainly a cause for concern, as this amount of debris could have untold effects on the coast line of North America. Disruptions in the fishing industry as well as recreational uses of beaches could result with the arrival of the debris, leading to economic loss in an already unstable economy.
Although the possible impact remains unclear, if proper preemptive action is taken perhaps an environmental disaster could be avoided. It is widely known that the debris is coming. Therefore, steps can be taken to make sure that it does not reach our shores. While a clean up on such a massive scale may be costly, the cost would likely be a minimal one compared with the economic damage that would result if the debris actually reached our shores. What do you think should be done in this situation? Do you think it would be worthwhile financially to make an attempt to clean up this debris before it reaches our shores?
To see a picture of the ghost ship, go to http://news.yahoo.com/photos/tsunami-debris-1330558543-slideshow/canadas-department-national-defence-photograph-japanese-fishing-vessel-photo-205210516.html