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State roundup for May 23

UH researchers studying sharks

HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii researchers are using new technologies to study shark behavior.

Carl Meyer with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology says he’s tagged more than a thousand sharks in the last 20 years. Meyer says advances in technology, including the use of shark cams, is providing researchers with new clues about shark behavior.

The UH team recently set out for Coconut Island to check lines that were baited with fish and found a tiger shark on the line. They used the opportunity to get into the shark’s mouth for a study on linking bacteria on teeth to where sharks swim. On a previous trip, researchers attached a small video camera to a shark along with a device to understand how they swim.

Grounded ships being recovered

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Cleanup continues off the coast of Maui after three vessels were pushed ashore by high surf.

The state has hired Parker Marine to remove the debris from the vessels, which were grounded by high surf off Mala Wharf on Friday and Saturday. The work began over the weekend to remove the debris from two, 30-foot sailboats and a 38-foot trimaran.

Wreckage from the trimaran was scattered along a half-mile stretch of shoreline.

Missing tourist is found dead

HONOLULU (AP) — An Oregon tourist who vanished on Oahu has been found dead.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office has identified the body of a woman found along the Waianae coastline on Monday as Ivanice “Ivy” Harris.

Her body was found on the west side of Oahu.

The medical examiner says the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.

Honolulu police said last weekend that Harris was last seen Thursday talking to a man outside a bar in Waikiki.

She traveled to Hawaii from Portland with friends to celebrate her 29th birthday, which was Saturday.

Industry reps meet on Kauai

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association is holding its annual meeting on Kauai.

This is the first time in the 42-year history of the nonprofit trade association that Kauai has been chosen for the annual meeting.

The association is comprised of five companies that represent the seed industry in Hawaii. They are Syngenta, BASF, DOW, Pioneer and Monsanto. About 150 industry executives and employees based in the Hawaii Islands will have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics, including the use of pesticides and best agricultural practices.

The meeting was being held Wednesday at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club in Lihue, and was not open to the public.


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