Rule #1: Be safe!
Use common sense. If you don't know what an item is, don't touch it. If it appears hazardous, contact appropriate authorities.
Guidelines for Removing Marine Debris
Litter and other typical marine debris items
Examples: Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, buoys, Styrofoam Common marine debris types may vary by location. If safe and practical, we encourage you to remove the debris and recycle as much of it as possible.
Derelict vessel or other large debris item
Examples: Adrift fishing boat, shipping containers Contact your local authorities (a 911 call) and a state emergency response or environmental health agency to report the item. If the debris item is a potential hazard to navigation, immediately radio your nearest US Coast Guard Sector Command Center via VHF-FM Ch. 16 or 2182 MHz or notify the US Coast Guard Pacific Area Command at 510-437-3701. Do not attempt to move or remove the item.
Mementos or possessions
It is highly unlikely that remains from the tsunami will reach the United States, but if you see human remains anywhere, contact local authorities (a 911 call) and report what you observed. Do not touch or attempt to move them.
If you don't know what it is, don't touch it. If you believe it is a hazardous item, contact local authorities and report it.
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