Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Hawaii: Treacle Leak in Honolulu Harbor, Keehi Lagoon Pose Risk to Fish, Forcing Pedators Inshore

According to http://www.world-first.co.uk, a travel insurance provider, Hawaii may seem to be the perfect ocean getaway, but holidaymakers have been warned to be on the lookout for shark, barracuda, eels and other predators lurking in the sea, following the leakage into Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon of 1,400 ton of treacle (molasses) into the water, creating chaos among the local marine wildlife.

Treacle is produced at a sugar plantation on the island and it was being transported via a pipeline on to waiting ships when the leak occurred.

While the substance is not harmful to humans, it has formed a large slick in the water and has already killed hundreds of fish who struggle to breathe.

Video footage has emerged from the area which shows fish battling to break on to the surface of the water, but being unable to do so because of the slick. It is feared that thousands more fish and other marine wildlife could die.

The slick is expected to remain visible for several weeks until the surf eventually breaks it up and it is flushed out to sea. 

COMMENT: With fish stocks plunging, predators may well move in closer to shore in their desperate search for food. As a result, signs have already been posted in vulnerable areas to stay out of the water.

Some travel insurance companies may cover visitors for the inconvenience of unexpected environmental changes at their destination.

The firm responsible for the leak, Matson Navigation Company, has repaired the hole in its pipeline.

Visitors are urged to ask lifeguards, first responders and others whether it is safe to enter waters surrounding Honolulu, particularly.