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"Everything down there is dead." That's one stunning quote from about the devastating damage that's been done to the marine life off Honolulu's Sand Island by 233,000 gallons of molasses that were spilled into Honolulu harbor on Monday. Gary Gill, deputy director of Hawaii's Environmental Health Division of the Health Department, tells the news station that "this is the worst environmental damage to sea life that I have come across."
"It was shocking because the entire bottom is covered with dead fish. Small fish, crabs, mole crabs, eels. Every type of fish that you don't usually see, but now they're dead. Now they're just laying there. Every single thing is dead. We're talking in the hundreds, thousands. I didn't see one single living thing underwater."
Because the spill happened in a harbor and there's less circulation than in the open ocean, it could be months or possibly years before the molasses is completely washed away, David Field, a visiting assistant professor of marine sciences at Hawaii Pacific University, tells the station.
And how exactly does that amount just get "spilled" by "accident"....
The brown, sugary substance spilled Monday from a pipe used to load molasses from storage tanks to ships sailing to California. The shipping company, Matson Navigation Co., repaired the hole and the pipe stopped leaking Tuesday morning, spokesman Jeff Hull said.
Wow. I know that adding molasses to sugar, such as brown sugar, slows the processing of the sugar by the body. I wonder why the molasses is killing these fish. Even harmless things in large concentrations can be deadly to the ecosystem. People do not realize that. Human urine when dilluted and added as fertilizer to plants is very good, if the person is eating mostly organic, but if you pee on a plant, it is strong enough to kill it.
I suppose it is worth my time to try to find why the molasses is doing this. S&F
reply to post by ZeroReady
I suppose after it is unlivable there, they will give it back to the native people saying they have done such a humane thing for the people that we took the land from.