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More than 500 deep-sea lanternfish, squid found dead or dying in Nawiliwili area

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:04 a.m. HST, Jan 30, 2014

Between 500 and 800 lanternfish and squid were found dead or dying in the Nawiliwili Harbor area on Monday, prompting in investigation by state and federal officials into what caused the die-off.

The lanternfish and squid are typically found in the deep ocean, but are also known for their nightly vertical migrations to shallower depths, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a press release issued today.

DLNR'S Division of Aquatic Resources is asking for the public's help to determine what happened.

The public is being asked to look for dead or dying marine life in large numbers on nearby beaches and report findings to the Eyes of the Reef Network at www.eorhawaii.org/make-a-report.

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den wrote:
the navy's sonar experiments/testing.
on January 29,2014 | 03:52PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Based on your extensive knowledge of Navy practices, current exercise schedule, and the physical effects of sonar on deep sea fish? Or just wishfully convenient hoping?
on January 30,2014 | 09:13AM
NiteMarcher wrote:
Could a multitude of reasons: Sonar testing, pollution, Fukushima, sea floor cracks as in pending earth quakes, GMO pesticide run-off into our ocean waters, earth & weather changes, etc. The list can go on and on and on....
on January 30,2014 | 04:01PM
Jerry_D wrote:
Fukushima has reached our waters.
on January 29,2014 | 05:56PM
Anonymous wrote:
Maybe. It has been predicted that the radiated waters from Fukushima will reach Hawaii in 2014.
on January 30,2014 | 10:14AM
kukaikid wrote:
those fish cannot live in such a small cup
on January 29,2014 | 06:01PM
busterb wrote:
^^^Can't top that one! LOL!
on January 30,2014 | 06:29AM
bekwell wrote:
Problem solved. Funny too.
on January 30,2014 | 10:12AM
SueH wrote:
"If you can't get to the sashimi, the sashimi will come to you!"
on January 29,2014 | 06:57PM
den wrote:
on January 29,2014 | 09:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Multi-ship exercise underway Seven Hawaii-ported and two San Diego-based surface ships are taking part in an integrated maritime exercise in waters off the Hawaiian Islands. The Koa Kai — Sea Warrior — exercise prepares independent deployers in multiple warfare areas while also providing training in a multi-ship environment, according to the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii &Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs Office. Participants will conduct integrated flight operations, and anti-surface and antisubmarine training. “Koa Kai provides an opportunity to exercise multiple warfare disciplines to ensure our ships maintain warfighting readiness and the capability to operate forward on short notice,” Rear Adm. Rick Williams, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii &Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific said in a prepared statement. “Koa Kai is integrated, challenging, state-of-the-art training for our sea warriors here in the Middle Pacific that helps us achieve full deployment readiness.” He added, “We will show, test and assess our capabilities in coordination with the Navy’s premier testing and training range — Pacific Missile Range Facility” located on Kauai. The weeklong exercise got underway Friday. The office said it is unlikely any of the exercises will be visible from Hawaii Island. The San Diego-based ships participating are the USS Cape St. George and USS Lake Champlain. Hawaii-ported ships participating are the guided-missile cruisers USS Port Royal, USS Lake Erie, and USS Chosin; and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy, USS Halsey, USS Chung-Hoon and USS O’Kane. The ships will be joined by an underway replenishment ship, the HMCS Protecteur from Canada and assets from Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37; Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2; VMFA-224, 24 Maritime Air Group, Hawaii Air National Guard, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. - See more at: http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/brief-big-island-state-1-25-14#sthash.VMuNXYkg.dpuf
on January 29,2014 | 07:31PM
lokela wrote:
on January 30,2014 | 05:28AM
awahana wrote:
Matson's molasses has reached Kauai.
on January 30,2014 | 06:09AM
leino wrote:
It is good that someone has spotted a dead "canary". It is scary to think about all of the forces that are killing off our oceans that we have no idea about ... and how many of them are anthropogenic.
on January 30,2014 | 06:19AM
Fishermen wrote:
Whale barf
on January 30,2014 | 07:49AM
808HRW wrote:
When deep sea fish come up or die off I always worry about a pending earthquake as the PH or water temperature could change with any crack.
on January 30,2014 | 09:17AM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
These are some of the thoughts that I had also.
on January 30,2014 | 01:56PM
rayhawaii wrote:
There's a hotel in Waikiki that has a very bright light on at night shining in the ocean that attracts baby blowfish and the fish wash up on the shore in that area and die. Then when the light is turned off about 1 am the dead fish wash away to other parts of Waikiki or washed out into the ocean.
on January 30,2014 | 10:46AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Ray, why does this hotel shine this light? Is it to attract said blowfish, or for some other reason? Do they know what they are causing to happen? What hotel? If this is truly happening, you should report this to the DLNR. Since you post about it here, you seem to care, care enough to help make it stop! To give this hotel the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they don't know the damage they're causing and once they're aware of it, they will stop.
on January 30,2014 | 11:09AM
1R1E wrote:
the hotel where dukes is at... the sheraton moana maybe...?
on January 30,2014 | 12:25PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Right, the hotel next to Dukes on the right side looking from the beach. Plus I told some manager looking guy and showed him the fish washing up the beach and the light went out 10 minutes later. Weeks later I see the light on again. Maybe so tourist can see at night but I think it's used to keep the homeless from camping out in that area. So bright people close their eyes when they walk by.
on January 30,2014 | 02:56PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
hhmm, they should be notifying the cops instead of shining the light.
on January 30,2014 | 03:07PM
Kayhman wrote:
You'all need to start taking your medication again instead of feeding it to da fish. Da fish not the ones that need it!!!
on January 30,2014 | 11:58AM
saveparadise wrote:
Laugh up til the effects reach the top of the food chain. That's right, it's us humans. No fish in the ocean and nowhere to grow food. Get your guns out and learn to cook and eat longpig. Wondering what that is? Look it up. Inevitable before our own extinction.
on January 30,2014 | 12:27PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Red Cross tells you to have two weeks of food and water available for disaster readiness. I always also make sure I have at least two weeks of ammunition in case some people don't follow the Red Cross advice.
on January 30,2014 | 12:57PM
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