A Japanese Olympic venue was overrun by oysters, leading to $1.28 million in repairs
- Japan removed 14 tons of oysters from wave-blocking barriers at a Tokyo
- The barriers unexpectedly sunk in mid-2019 right after the course was constructed.
- The cleanup cost officials 140 million yen, or $1.28 million USD.
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"We did not consider consuming them," the official said. "That would entail safety checks. More important is that we do not want to grow oysters but work to contain them."Read more: The Olympics are already being ravaged by COVID-19 - Here are the athletes who will miss the games
Japanese officials said they don't expect the oysters to affect the upcoming games as the current floating barriers were placed after the time when young oysters attach themselves to a solid surface, though they said they expect to spend 160 million yen per year, or $1.46 million USD, on upkeep for the Sea Forest Waterway.The waterway will be used for the Paralympic Games in August 2021 and as a venue for future watersports competitions in the region. The Asashi Shimbun said local officials are considering electrolyzing the seawater to try and stop the oysters from returning in the future. The Sea Forest Waterway's first Olympic event is set for July 22 for single, double, and quadruple sculls heats. The opening ceremony is scheduled one day later on July 23.
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