Honolua Bay, Maui Re-Opened, Sharks No Longer Spotted

July 2, 2018, 11:02 AM HST
* Updated July 2, 11:05 AM
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Access to the Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District in West Maui in now re-opened after having been closed since Tuesday afternoon, June 26, 2018.

The closure had been prompted by the continued presence of sharks in the bay, apparently attracted to dead fish.

According to DLNR officials, the sharks had apparently been attracted to a large number of dead akule (mackerel scad), or similar fish, in the bay.  They anticipated that the shark sightings would subside once the fish had been consumed.

Officials with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources say the bay has been continuously monitored since the closure began.

On Monday morning, July 2, there was no sign of sharks in the bay, according to information released by DLNR. Access to the bay has been restored.

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