An 18-foot fishing boat with Asian characters on its side washed ashore in Long Beach, Washington Friday.
The Chinook Observer reports that biologists from the Nahcotta Shellfish Lab began taking samples from the three-foot wide boat this morning, to check for invasive species.
Large mussels and gooseneck barnacles were found on the vessel, as well as at least one sponge. Four live fish were found in the fish well in the stern of the boat.
Debris from the Japan tsunami of two years ago has been washing up on Oregon and Washington beaches for months now.
Most recently, a 30-foot boat washed up on Gleneden Beach on the Central Oregon coast.
State officials have said it is highly unlikely that any of the tsunami debris from Japan is radioactive. Federal officials will be monitoring the debris through this year.