Collection Data

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Japan 2013

Section Responsible for Processing



Specimens were collected and fixed in formalin and ethanol for comparative study of in situ Japanese dock polychaetes which were taken from the 2011 Japanese tsunami dock debris arriving on the U.S. west coast.


Leslie Harris, Polychaete Collection Manager, has been part of the Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris taxonomic team led by Dr. James T. Carlton (Mystic College), identifying worms found on tsunami debris. In 2013 she and Dr. John Chapman (Oregon State University) participated in a Japanese-American study of the algae and invertebrates found on docks in Misawa Harbor, the source of the two docks that beached in Oregon and Washington in 2012. The project was led by Dr. Toshio Furota and funded by Toho University, Japan. Samples taken in Misawa and Tokyo Bay were processed at Dr. Furota’s lab at Toho and at the Asamushi Marine Laboratory. Sampling objectives concerned faunal source diversity, faunal attrition between Japan and the US, genetics, reproduction, and invasive risk assessment. Approximately 15 Japanese and 3 Americans scientists participated in the survey.

Collection Location and Dates

Misawa Harbor and Tokyo Bay, Japan. 18-29 March 2013.

Taxonomic Contents



Held by the Polychaete Section.

Description of Collection

Wet preserved collection. Some samples originally fixed in 10% formalin, later rinsed in fresh water and transferred into 70% ethanol; some preserved in 95% ethanol.

Collection Inventory

Approximately 250 lots.

Collection Assets

No collection assets available.

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