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Department of Emergency Management – “Stay Out of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon… Increased Sightings of Dead Fish”

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) reminds the public to stay out of the water at Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon, and not to collect or consume any fish or marine life from the area. The dark water plume caused by a large spill of molasses into Honolulu Harbor on Sept. 9 persists today.

Mollasses Fish

DOH has tripled the size of the clean up crew in response to reports of increased sightings of dead fish; there are now three (3) boat crews working during daylight hours removing dead fish from the waters of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon. As of yesterday, hundreds of dead fish have been collected. It is expected that thousands of dead fish will be collected and many more killed by the contaminated water. Fish collected are documented and are being kept on ice for possible testing. Water monitoring samples are collected daily to determine the location and concentration of the molasses contamination. This data will enable DOH to estimate the impact and duration of the contamination.
Mollasses Fish
It is anticipated that the plume may remain visible for weeks as the natural tides and currents slowly flush harbor waters into Keehi Lagoon and out to sea. Areas where the public normally has access to the lagoon and harbor have been posted with warning signs. DOH, the Departments of Land and Natural Resources and Transportation management staff and law enforcement officers are patrolling the affected area to regulate public access and ensure safety.

Matson has acknowledged their responsibility for the molasses spill and is working with state and federal agencies to assist with the spill response activities.

BJ Penn Returns to UFC… Will Fight Frankie Edgar

In a bombshell announcement made today, B.J. Penn has returned to the UFC and will drop two weight classes, from 170 to 145, in order to coach opposite Frankie Edgar on season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter before facing him in an April 2014 matchup.

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

BJ Penn and RedBull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque

As Confirmed by UFC Tonight, former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, B.J. Penn will return to action to coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar. They will be coaching fighters in both the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions.

UFC president, Dana White stated on UFC tonight that he had originally planned on pitting Urijah Faber against Edgar as coaches of TUF but the two could not agree on a weight class in which to compete. Around the same time as the UFC struggled with finding two suitable coaches, Penn requested, in a text to White, Penn expressed his desire for a top caliber lightweight opponent. White also stated that Penn is extremely motivated for this opportunity in a new division.

– See more at: http://www.bjpenn.com/bj-penn-and-frankie-edgar-set-to-coach-the-ultimate-fighter-season-19/#sthash.6u2GDqPV.dpuf

Holy Guacamole – USDA Changes Rules to Allow Avocados to be Shipped to the Mainland

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is changing its rules for Hawaii growers to allow them to ship Sharwil avocados to 32 mainland U.S. states between November and March.

Avocado recipe at the Avocado Festival. Photo by Randy Magnus

Avocado recipe at the Avocado Festival. Photo by Randy Magnus

According to a USDA rule scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, the shipments will help give shoppers an option to buy domestic avocados during winter months, when most grocery stores stock avocados from Mexico instead.