Molasses fish kill now turned into farm fertilizer

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Sep 26 2013 06:21:00 PM HST

KITV4 follows the trail of the molasses fish kill that happened two and a half weeks ago in Honolulu Harbor.

HONOLULU -

A container load of molasses-spill casualties rolled into the yard of a rendering plant in Campbell Industrial Park Thursday afternoon.

The state had the fish in the deep freeze until it could take inventory of just how many species of fish had been killed as a result of the molasses overload.

That job was completed just the other day.

The next step is getting rid of the evidence.

It's a big messy job, but someone's got to do it.

“The department of health gave me a call and asked me to help them out to dispose of the fish," said John Tsukada of Island Commodities.

Tsukada makes a living with meat and fish scraps--from local markets and producers. He processes 28,000 pounds every day.

”The plant was set up to help the slaughterhouse next door, but since we do mostly fish, 55-65 percent fish," Tsukada said.

But even Tsukada hadn't expected to see what was turned out in the boxes and bins.

He hadn't expected the fish to be bagged and frozen.

"I was surprised by the large puffer fish, and the large moray eels. They must have been living for a long time," said Tsukada.

The processing of the fish and meat scraps involves cooking it, producing tallow--a fuel source, and then turning it into a green product.

The end product is fish fertilizer, that soon will be headed to local farms.

The nitrogen-rich meat and bone meal is sold wholesale to the agriculture industry  specifically , our flowers and fruit nurseries.

“A lot of the ginger farms on Kauai, and the banana and papaya farmers on the Big Island and some local farmers here on Oahu,” said Tsukada.

Island Commodities prides itself in being a green company before green was popular.

It also disposes of all its wastewater at the nearby treatment plant.

Tsukada is just glad at the end of the day, some good came out of a bad thing.

 

 

 

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