Molasses spill having major impact on fishing businessUPDATED 7:28 PM HST Sep 13, 2013Video Transcript
The molasses spill is having an effect on business around the harbor. The Honolulu fish auction on Pier 38 opened an hour later this morning to accommodate the longer-than-usual process of unloading the catch off the boats. KITV4's Jill Kuramoto has our continuing team coverage in a story that's all new at 6. Business was bustling at Pier 38. The usual scene before dawn. But THIS morning... Fishermen had to cool their heels -- AND the ahi -- waiting an extra hour to sell their catch. 16:53 SO ALL WE'RE DOING IS TAKING IT MUCH SLOWER IN TERMS OF UNLOADING THE BOATS. BASICALLY MAKING SURE THAT NONE OF OUR FISH IS AFFECTED IN ANYWAY 17:08 The fish sold here is caught in the open ocean... So auction officials say there's no problem of contamination from molasses tainted harbor water. But fish auction folks are requiring the fisherman use fresh water to rinse the fish before hauling them in for sale. And with a limited number of hoses... there's a wait to wash. 17:12 WHEN THE FISH COME IN THE PLANT OUR BASIC PROCEDURE IS THAT WE USE OZONATED WATER THAT KILLS BACTERIA. WE TAKE a lot OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES..17:20 So the fish auction began at 6:30am instead of 5:30am. Buyers say -- not much of a problem -- except for those who have to send fish to the mainland. That means moving the auction along quicker. 19:41 WHAT IT IS IS JUST TIGHTNING UP, SOMETIMES ITS JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE SLACK NOW EVERYTHING IS GOING TO MOVE ALONG A LITTLE MORE FAST. 19:48 18:01 NORMALLY IT GETS TO BE A FUN TYPE THING, GREGARIOUS, PEOPLE ARE JOKING AND STUFF. SO I ASKED THEM TO BE A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS ABOUT IT. 18:09 For those who make their livelihood on the water say what's happened at the harbor... 20:52 IT'S JUST, IT'S A DISASTER. 20:52 And if that means having to wait a bit longer at the docks... they say better safe than sorry. Jill Kuramoto, KITV4 NEWs. The United Fishing Agency says it's later opening time will continue until further notice. The agency says these changes have NO effect on the price of the fish for consumers.