Honolulu Harbor molasses spill spreadsUPDATED 5:40 PM HST Sep 10, 2013Video Transcript
A massive molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor is killing thousands of fish... And now the sticky, sugary mess has spread into Keehi lagoon! KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us LIVE from Honolulu Harbor with the latest developments. Paula, reports of the spill came in yesterday morning, and volunteers and environmentalist s have been out here at Honolulu Harbor trying to save the fish they can... but take a look it's really is a sad sight-- you can still see fish suffocating.. A biologist i spoke to say for the fish it's as if their house caught fire. Reef fish, eel, predators and prey all swimming up to shore, gasping for any oxygen they can get.. Thousands are suffocating and dying. The molasses spill, caused by Matson's faulty pipe under pier 52. 100 THERE ARE TWO LARGE RESERVOIRS THAT CONTAIN MOLASSES AND DURING THE LOADING OF MOLASSES INTO A SHIP EARLY MONDAY MORNING AN AMOUNT OF MOLASSES WAS SPILLED INTO THE HARBOR. 115 That amount...the DOH says.. 1,400 TONS- that's more than 200-thousand gallons of thick sugar water. Biologists say the molasses is sinking to the ocean floor. 853 THEY ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE DEEPER WATER WHERE THEY NORMALLY LIVE BECAUSE THERE'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE DOWN THERE IT'S EITHER LOW IN OXYGEN OR SOMETHING IS AFFECTING THEIR ABILITY TO BREATHE AND IT'S CAUSING THEM TO COME UP TO THE SURFACE AND INTO OUR SHORE. 909 The DLNR says those SEVERE environmental impacts are going to be long term. Nutrient rich molasses could cause an unusual increase in harmful bacteria and algae. But, the DOH says it doesn't know how to clean up the mess, so it'll let nature take its course--waiting, for the thick sugar water to dissolve. 437 IT'S NOT LIKE AN OIL SPILL WHERE THE OIL WILL RISE TO THE SURFACE CAN BE SKIMMED OUT MECHANICALLY THERE'S NO WAY THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED TO REDUCE THE MOLASSES THAT'S ALREADY IN THE WATER 450 Matson released a statement today saying: "Matson regrets that the incident impacted many harbor users, as well as wildlife. We take our role as an environmental steward very seriously..." DOH officials are warning everyone to stay out of the water near the harbor and keehi lagoon because as the fish die-- it can cause an increase in sharks and baracudas. Right now, they're not sure IF they will fine Matson or HOW much they will fine the company. A new northwest swell is filling in tonight.