In light of last week's story about tsunami debris washing up on the Oregon coast, I thought I might offer a harbinger of concerns yet to be seriously addressed here in Hawaii.
Officials in Oregon mentioned worries about the plethora of invasive species that had attached themselves to the large piece of debris as it drifted across the Pacific Ocean. Rightfully so.
Yet, in the Honolulu City Council's resolution "URGING THE CITY ADMINISTRATION TO COME UP WITH A CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR TSUNAMI DEBRIS," the threat of invasive species isn't even mentioned. Not only that, but no progress seems to have been made since the council passed the resolution on March 21, 2012.
With Hawaii's delicate ecosystem, invasive threats are a big deal--we know this. So when some radioactive mollusk washes up in Kaheohe Bay and eradicates what little native flora and fauna we have left, we'll have no one but our elected officals to blame. Who keeps electing these lazy morons anyways?
The video below shows that we'll be seeing debris sooner than later if it's already washing up on the West Coast of the mainland. Experts have indicated that between 5 and 20 million tons of could arrive on Hawaii's shores by early 2013.